Visit 4: January Ecology Project Guidelines

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Due Date: January 27th

Keep in mind that this month’s project is worth twice as much as a normal project. Also, this is your last chance for the semester to get your project binder in order for the final Ecosystem Project Grade.

Main tasks for this visit are:

Group Tasks:

Compare this list to what is actually present in and around your biome. Explain similarities and differences between your plot and the classic version of your biome. For example, what might account for differences? Maybe human activity, introduction of non-native species, etc…

Individual Tasks:

Each person needs to write some paragraphs that included the following:

Description of site in December

Important features of your type of biome

Interactions that have occurred between organisms

Changes over the semester that you have noticed, and what you think you have learned during your time there

The importance of your biome

(Intrinsic value and how it fits into the bay area)

Research and explain what, if any, threats your ecosystem has, e.g. water pollution, urban sprawl, deforestation, encroachment of non-native species, etc…

Research:

Examples of biomes and food webs will be given in class. Try to determine your biome by Friday, December 8 so that you can know what organisms to be on the lookout for when you visit your site this weekend.

The Coyote Point Museum has excellent displays of all the main California biomes and lists of plants and animals. The web is also an excellent resource.

Presentation:

Make sure that your project has all the past requirements met. Try to make sure it is organized and well presented. This is your last chance for the semester to get your project binder in order for the final Ecosystem Project Grade.

December Ecology project Grade Name:______________

What biome your project fits into?

/5

Where else in California is this biome found?

Includes map of biome location in California/Bay area

 

/4

List of Organisms (plants, animals, etc) that normally live in or use your biome / ecosystem.

/18

A Food web using organisms living in or using your site

Includes plants / animals you have named

/20

Description of interactions of organisms within your site/biome. These include predator/prey (food) relationships, competition, and symboisis (see below).

/4

2 examples of symbiotic relationships at your site.

Include at least 1 mutualism and one parasitism.

 

/4

 

Individual desription including:

  • Description of site in December
  • Important features of your biome type
  • Interactions that have occurred between organisms
  • changes over the semester that you have noticed, and what you think you have learned during your time there
  • The importance of your biome
  • Threats to the biome

 

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/30

Overall neatness, organization, and presentation

Photos labeled, title page, etc.

/15

 

TOTAL /100

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