EVOLUTION LAB REPORT 2
Evolution Lab Report
The Evolution Lab allows the user to experiment with the finches’ adaptation andevolution of their population over 100, 200, and 300 years. The experiments is locationsare Darwin Island and Wallace Island. Using various parameters that influenceadaptations and natural selection, the user can study the evolution process.
Beak size and precipitation will have an immense effect on the population.
The size of the island will affect the population.
The larger the clutch the higher the population over time.
Materials and Methods.
The Evolution Lab provides many variables. The user can change the following:beak size, variance of beak size in the population, heritability of the midparent beaksize, clutch size, island size, population of the finches to start the experiment, andprecipitation on the island as it affects the harness of seeds.All of the numerous combinations of variables, set for two different islands lendsfor hours of combinations and sorting of information. The method this experimenter used to narrow down the countless options was to first focus on the beak size andprecipitation for Darwin Island by changing the variables, recording the field notes for the population in 100 years. Second, keep the highest population information from theprevious test and examine what changing the clutch size does to the population. Takingthe information for the highest population from these two tests, the process was thenrepeated for island size, starting population, heritability, and variance. The goal in thisprocess of testing was to see what parameters would need to be in place to allow the