Dispersal in Ecology: Definition & Explanation


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What are the two types of ecological dispersal?

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1. When does ecological dispersal occur?

2. Which is a reason that individuals may disperse in an ecosystem?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Before you attempt this quiz, make sure you understand what ecological dispersal is, when it happens and why it happens. You'll be tested on these and other concepts via a short series of multiple-choice questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Challenge your understanding of the following with this quiz/worksheet combo:

  • The two types of ecological dispersal
  • The conditions necessary for ecological dispersal to occur
  • Why organisms disperse in an ecosystem
  • Common examples of an abiotic factor
  • The cost(s) of ecological dispersal

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as dispersal and abiotic factors
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on dispersal in ecology
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the types of dispersal

Additional Learning

For further details on this concept, review the corresponding lesson called Dispersal in Ecology: Definition & Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Examine examples of organisms that disperse
  • Compare the benefits and costs of dispersal
  • Understand why dispersal occurs despite the costs