Ecologists study the relationship between organisms and their environments. In this lesson, you will virtually travel to a TEAM (Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring) Network field site and report on the site using presentation software. Next, you will imagine you are a scientist and design a research proposal to answer a scientific question about some aspect of the TEAM site that intrigues you. Who knows, your mock scientific proposal idea might just be the next big thing in science.
Go to the TEAM website http://www.teamnetwork.org and click on Network Sites.
Read through the descriptions of the field sites.
Choose one site to focus on. Read through it and take notes on the following:
Why is the site special or important?
What are the biodiversity numbers for birds, mammals, other vertebrates, invertebrates and plants?
What is the range of research being done at that site?
What are the dangers in working at that site?
Locate, use and record at least three other websites that focus on your chosen field site to deepen your understanding.
Part A of the assignment is to design a presentation of your findings. Part B of the assignment is to make a mock proposal to do a research project at this site.
Part A: Design a PowerPoint presentation on your findings. Structure your presentation along these guidelines:
Prepare 10 slides.
Use at least 35 point font size and at most two font types.
Use bullets instead of sentences.
Limit each slide to 6 bulleted items.
Use complementary graphics on each slide.
One graphic should be a map of your area.
Slide 1 is the title page, slide 10 is your bibliography for information and graphic acquisition.
Present your PowerPoint to the class.
Part B: Submit a mock proposal to do research at your chosen TEAM site.
In the one page proposal answer the following questions:
What would you study at this site? What is your research question?
Why is this site important, why is it ideal for your research question?
What would be the duration of your study?
What equipment and help would you need for your study?
How much would the equipment and help cost? You can do a quick internet search to get estimates. Then make a table for each of your costs to formulate a budget.
What kinds of other scientists would you collaborate with to do your study?
How would your study advance scientific knowledge?