Bringing the Biosphere Home

posted May 22, 2012, 8:00 AM by Scott Worland
Project Overview: Learning to Perceive Global Environmental Change
Students will make repeated local observations of ecological phenomena (temperature, wind speed, pH, cloud cover, soil, etc), graphically represent and analyze these data, and relate these larger ecological processes such as prevailing weather conditions, season changes, climate change, or impact of humans on the ecosystem.
Information pertaining to the following sections are to be compiled in a formal Power Point Presentation to be presented during our exam period.
Project Description:  What are the characteristics of your project?
                        What is your overarching research question?
                        Describe your location.  What type of habitat is it?  What are some general characteristics?
                        What specific data will you be collecting?  What units will you use?  How frequently will you be collecting it?
Data Collection and Processing
                        Collection Methods:  How are you going about collecting your data?  What steps are you following to insure accuracy and consistency in data collection?
                                                             What equipment are you using and how are you using it?
                        Raw and Processed Data:  Include a data table of your raw data. Apply statistical tools as needed.
                                                             Make use of a graphical tool such as Excel to represent your data in a graphical form.
                                                             Remember to label your graphical axis properly  (time along X axis with units and dependent variable (temp, pH, etc.) along the Y-axis
Finding the Patterns and Making the Connections - Be creative.  Think outside the box!
                         Discuss any patterns that you were able to observe WITHIN your data
                         Connect your findings to a larger system: nutrient cycle, season change, human impact, climate change, or other.
                                                              I strongly recommend that you make use of online resources such as weather databases
                                                               Use this link to access monthly weather data     y
                                                               You can compare averages for our region to your findings.  Change the zip code (end or URL) for your region if not Dorset.
                                                               Also consider accessing historical averages for the Albany area
                                                               I will compile further reference resources that students can use in the next few days.
Please keep track of what your online research sources throughout your project and include them at the end of your presentation.
Students work in groups no larger than 2 to collect their data.