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Measuring Biodiversity across North America

Measuring Biodiversity across North America

Through this series on measuring biodiversity students will conduct investigations based on their own questioning, they will develop a methodology, collect and analyze data, test hypotheses, and communicate results. Each example given is a model for analysis with step-by-step procedures for investigating categories of questions on biodiversity and the inherent value of the different landscapes of North America. Goals: As a result of completing an investigation into the biodiversity of North American Mammals, all students should develop an understanding of the following. • The concept of biodiversity, and ways to measure the diversity of organisms • The role of taxonomy in assessing biodiversity • Associations between the distribution of organisms and environments • How to plan and conduct an investigation In addition, students should become more familiar with the mammal communities and ecoregions in their residential areas, the biomes and ecoregions across North America, and practice independent inquiry about the natural world.

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