Water birds such as anhingas, along with a variety of other plants and animals, rely on the presence of wetlands for their survival.  How might the loss of wetland areas affect these aquatic species? Learning about organisms and how they interact with one another, with other species, and with their environment is what the study of ecology is all about.  (McDougal and Littell) Chapter 13

website resources

Lectures and Notes:

Biology Syllabus
Syllabus and Behavior Contract
Safety Contract
Student Notes: Unit 4 (Chapter 13)
PowerPoint Lecture: Unit 4  (Chapter 13)
Quizlet: Chapter 13 Defining Terms


Chapter 13 Defining Terms
Chapter 13 Concept Review
Student Worksheet for Strange Days on Planet Earth Volume 1 Chapter 13 Test Review
Worksheet: Fall Final Review
Grading Rubric: Fall Final Review

Labs and Classroom Activities:

Formal Lab Write-up
Lab: Penny Battery
Lab: Population Biology (online)
Lab: Modeling Ecosystems (online)
Food Chains and Food Webs
Biogeochemical Cycles Population Ecology Graphs

Textbook Resources:

Textbook Online Resourcesbiolog3[1]
Chapter 13 Review Game
Textbook Animated Biology


Seinfeld: The Scientific Method
TedEd: Dead stuff: The secret ingredient in our food chain
TedEd: Why is biodiversity so important?
TedEd: How parasites change their host’s behavior 
TedEd: Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future
TedEd: Climate change: Earth’s giant game of Tetris
TedEd: Can wildlife adapt to climate change?
Amoeba Sisters: Ecological Succession: Nature’s Great Grit   
The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary
How Wolves Change Rivers
How Whales Change Climate
Tackling Bycatch in U.S. Fisheries
7 Super Toxic U.S. Sites
NOAA: Endangered Species Act
Home Movies:  Historic Dana Point/SJ Mission/Newport (1933)
Home Movies: Catalina Island early 30’s