Biodiversity 

Biodiversity is the variation of life in an ecosystem. In this simulation, the terms specifically refers to a measurement of different species in an area. This simulation randomly produces an animal community within a forest. Each time the "Produce Community" button is clicked, a new set of animals populates the ecosystem. Up to 11 different animals may be part of the community. This can be used to practice quantifying biodiversity. The provided worksheet option utilizes Simpson's Diversity Index to calculate biodiversity. Check out the blog for more discussion of using this simulation and the worksheet.