Metapopulation: Definition, Theory & Examples


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A group of groups, or a population of populations is known as:

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1. What is a patch?

2. You have two groups of ants living in your yard. You separate the groups so they no longer can interact with each other. After thousands upon thousands of generations, the ants no longer look or act the same, and when you put them back together they can't mate. What type of evolution is this?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Metapopulation, as a term, refers to any subgroup of a larger group of people, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test yourself on the characteristics of and theory behind metapopulations. The questions on the quiz cover the definition of a metapopulation, patches, and divergent evolution.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • What a metapopulation refers to
  • The definition of a patch or divergent evolution
  • Why metapopulations don't experience divergent evolution
  • The importance of metapopulation theory to wildlife biologists

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on metapopulations from the related lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as metapopulations, divergent evolution, and patches
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding metapopulations

Additional Learning

To learn more about metapopulations, review the accompanying lesson on this topic. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define metapopulation
  • Understand the extended family metaphor for metapopulations
  • Define and understand divergent evolution
  • Understand metapopulation theory
  • Describe the importance of metapopulation theory in wildlife biology