This website is a learning module geared towards high school introductory biology students. By using this website students can get a feel for real life ecological research as well as curriculum content. You can have students explore independently, clicking through the site with the next button, or you can show excerpts to your class along with lecture.
Looking for a great companion activity to this website? Here is a fun, whole class simulation that demonstrates how changing biodiversity through community composition affects the spread of infectious disease. Download the Lyme disease simulation PDF Right-click the link and choose "Save Link As..." to save the document to your computer.
This site matches up with NC standard course of study!
Old (pre 2012)Curriculum
1.01 Identify biological questions and problems that can be answered through scientific investigations
5.01 Investigate and analyze the interrelationships among organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems,techniques of field ecology and abiotic and biotic factors.
2.1.3 Explain various ways organisms interact with each other (including predation, competition, parasitism, mutualism) and with their environments resulting in stability within ecosystems
2.2 Understand the impact of human activities on the environment
2.2.1 Infer how human activities (including population growth, pollution, global warming, burning of fossil fuels, habitat destruction and introduction of nonnative species) may impact the environment, in that human activities are leading to a decrease in biodiversity