Biodiversity is maintained by the balance of the biogeochemical cycles that move matter and energy.  The alteration of habitat has impacted the stability of the ecosystems leading to population shifts. Factors of biotic potential and environmental resistance website ecologydetermine a species carrying capacity; graphing data from a variety of species students will differentiate between logistic and exponential growth.  Net Primary Productivity  identifies the amount of energy locked into a Biome.  Comparing the graphical data from a variety of Biomes, students will develop an argument in support of the protection of one Biome compared to another in terms of primary productivity and biodiversity. Each biological community differs in their population levels in each trophic pyramid, using Ecological Efficiency and the Law of Thermodynamics students will develop a model representative of a community’s trophic levels which includes population numbers and energy available at each level for the organisms.  Anthropogenic activity has greatly impacted the biodiversity of our planet by altering habitat and biogeochemical cycles. Using primary documents, graphical data and computer modeling, students will analyze a major global challenge and design a solution to a real world problem.

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Lectures and Notes:

Honors Biology Syllabus
Syllabus and Behavior Contract
Safety Contract
Unit 9 (Chapter 13) PowerPoint Lecture
Unit 9 (Chapter 14) PowerPoint Lecture
Unit 9 (Chapter 15) PowerPoint Lecture
Unit 9 (Chapter 16) PowerPoint Lecture

Unit 9 (Chapter 13) Student Notes
Unit 9 (Chapter 14) Student Notes
Unit 9 (Chapter 15) Student Notes
Unit 9 (Chapter 16) Student Notes

Quizlet #1: Unit 9 Review (student created)
Quizlet #2: Unit 9 Review (student created)
Unit 9 Study Guide
Unit 9 Study Guide
(student created)


Formal Lab Write-up
Pogil: Population Growth
Pogil: Ecological Relationships
Pogil: Nutrient Cycles
Video Worksheet: Cosmos episode 12 “The World Set Free”

Labs and Classroom Activities:

Lab: Modeling Ecosystems Virtual
Lab: Virtual Food Web
Lab: Virtual Population Growth
Lab:  Predator Prey Simulation (requires Shockwave)
Lab: Biome Poster
Lab: Invasive Species Poster & Gallery Walk
Conservation Genetics    (learn.genetics link)
Food Chains and Food Webs

Predation and Starvation
Population Ecology Graphs
Owl Pellet Dissection
Survivorship Curves

Textbook Resources:

Textbook Online Resourcesbiolog3[1]
Textbook Practice Quizzes Unit 3

Chapter 13 Review Game
Chapter 14 Review Game
Chapter 15 Review Game
Chapter 16 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
Amoeba Sisters: Ecological Succession: Nature’s Great Grit   
The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary
How Wolves Change Rivers
How Whales Change Climate
Home Movies:  Historic Dana Point/SJ Mission/Newport (1933)