Ecology Research Project
Working on your own or with a partner, your job is to pick a land based BIOME and a specific region within that biome (i.e., Amazon Rainforest, Sahara Desert, Mojave Desert, Asian steppes, Arctic tundra, North American temperate forest, etc) and make a presentation about that area. You will present what you learn to the class and may choose to present it in one of many different ways. For example, you can make a PowerPoint presentation, give a speech, make a poster, model, website, blog, Prezi, etc. You can do whatever you want as long as you meet the requirements and have it approved by the teacher. Your presentation must show the following things:
- A food web for your area consisting of the 4 trophic levels and at least 3 organisms at each level.
- At least 3 examples of detritovores and explanation of how they contribute to your biome.
- A description of the climate and terrain (land) in your area. This should include where in the world your area is, the climate (long term weather patterns as described in class and in your book,) and landforms found in your area)
- 2 examples of commensalism, mutualism, or parasitism that occur within your biome. These should be included somewhere OTHER than your food web.
- You must cite your sources. Follow these guidelines and have the citations as part of your presentation. Anything you get information from that is used in your presentation is a source.
- Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication.
- Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site (in the title bar at the very top of the screen). Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Date of access.
Before being allowed to go to the library to begin your research, you must present the teacher with your biome/region and your presentation method. You will have roughly one week to work on this project and at least 2 class days to work. The amount of class time to work may be adjusted based on how well students stay on task in the classroom and library.