Understanding the Effects Human Interactions with the Environment
have on the Development of Animal Behavior
- Background and Significance
The importance of the natural environment as it relates to humans range from social interactions to economic resources. The environment is used for our food supply, energy and industrial products, medicine, and a source for recreation (Kousen, 2000). The process of creating an ecosystem to sustain a quality of life for human beings has caused the natural environment to change. The effects of human interactions with the environment have been studied for year to analyze the positive and negative impacts our actions are having on the earth and all organisms that reside. As the development of nations continue, so do changes to local habitats and natural processes.
In relation to animal behavior, these changes to the environment are effecting the way animals develop. Development of behaviors are dependent on genetic information and environmental influences (Alcock, 2013). These are the proximate cause of behavior, and consist of overlapping developmental and physiological aspects. Genetic information interacts with internal and external environments. The genes respond to signals from the environments. In some instances, genes can be turned off or on by the appropriate signal coming from the environment (Alcock, 2013). That is why the same species in different environments can have the same genes, but exhibit different behaviors. The connection also explains why species with different genes are more adaptive to changes in the environment.
The effects of these different expressions of genes can cause individuals to have a lower fitness level. A modern example of this gene differentiation would be bees. In October 2016, a native species of yellow-faced bees in Hawaii were added to the endangered species list. The bees are now protected under United States Federal law. The species has been threatened by nonnative bees, as well as human development (Wang, 2016.) This is only one example of how human development has had an impact on wildlife species.
A deeper understanding of this information for the general public needs to be introduced in a format that is easy for any common person to understand. When all of the information provided by scientific journals are presented in an easy to read forum the awareness of our effect on the environment can improve. The British Council explains that when presenting a complex topic to an audience you must break information down into manageable parts, use imagery or music, and general terms (Grossman, 2015). The movement that can form due to information being provided in a web based resource could reach millions. The importance of knowing how we are effect animals can lead to how we treat the environment and could save species.
The main objective of this web-based project is construct a webpage designed to inform individuals about the impact humans are having on the development of animal behavior via our interactions with the environment. The investigation will examine how environmental changes, such as; climate change, forestry, synthetic chemical usage, and radiation, have caused an alteration in behavior development. The assessment also sets out to analyze if there are certain genes that will improve the adaptiveness of behaviors with environment change.
The website will be constructed using an online website builder. The informative content will be sectioned into different pages on the website by topic. Individual tabs will be determined and added to the site as more information is compiled. The webpage will contain a variety of content including articles, videos, and cartoons. Articles on specific topics will be created using data collected from primary source papers. Videos will be created using an Iphone and its free movie making software. The videos will create a visual representation of some of the topics being described. Cartoons will be created by hand and uploaded to the site. These comical inserts will help draw interest to the topic while also being informative.
Alcock, J. (2013). Animal behavior: An evolutionary approach. Sunderland, Mass, Sinauer Associates.
Breed, M. & Sanchez, L. (2010) Both Environment and Genetic Makeup Influence Behavior. Nature Education Knowledge 3(10):68
Kousen, J. (2000, Oct 3). Human Impact on the Natural Environment. Retrieved from https://www.hobart.k12.in.us/jkousen/Biology/impact.html
Grossman, E. (2015, May 4). How to Present Complex Ideas Clearly. Retrieved from https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/how-explain-complex-ideas-clearly
Wang, A. (2016, Oct 3). Bees were just Added to the U.S. Endangered-Species List for the First Time. Retreived from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/10/03/u-s-bees-were-just-added-to-the-endangered-species-list-for-the-first-time/
- Resource Required
Primary Source Journals
Yearly Subscription for Domain Name ($7.00)
Movie Making Software