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  • Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

    Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

    Activities

    Students use cards to build model food webs and evaluate how ecological disturbances affect each trophic level. Also available in Spanish.

  • Vertebrate Declines and the Sixth Mass Extinction

    Vertebrate Declines and the Sixth Mass Extinction

    Data Points

    In this study, researchers measured species population declines on a global scale that may contribute to the sixth mass extinction.

  • Microbial Community Response to an Oil Spill

    Microbial Community Response to an Oil Spill

    Data Points

    Researchers monitored the succession of the microbial community in the Gulf of Mexico using data from before, during, and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • Snail Fronts and Salt Marsh Die-Offs

    Snail Fronts and Salt Marsh Die-Offs

    Data Points

    Researchers studied whether periwinkle snail fronts expand mudflats and contribute to salt marsh die-offs.

  • Tracking Global Changes in Forest Cover

    Tracking Global Changes in Forest Cover

    Data Points

    Researchers used satellite imagery analyze the amount of forest that was lost annually across the globe between 2000 and 2012.

  • Dead Zones in Coastal Ecosystems

    Dead Zones in Coastal Ecosystems

    Data Points

    Researchers overlaid the locations of more than 400 hypoxic systems linked to eutrophication on a map of the global “human footprint.”

  • Ocean Acidification

    Ocean Acidification

    Activities

    In this hands-on activity, students simulate the effects of decreasing pH caused by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  • Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    Data Points

    Charles David Keeling began measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in 1958 at the Mauna Loa observatory on the big island of Hawaii.  This graph shows atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration in parts per million (ppm) by volume from 1958 to 2016. Worksheet also available in Spanish.

  • Resistance to Coral Bleaching

    Resistance to Coral Bleaching

    Data Points

    To test whether corals can become more resistant to bleaching, Dr. Steve Palumbi and colleagues performed a series of experiments in the U.S. National Park of American Samoa off of Ofu Island.

  • Lesson 5 - Tracking Lion Communities

    Lesson 5 - Tracking Lion Communities

    Activities

    For this lesson, students will watch the video “Tracking Lion Recovery in Gorongosa National Park” and complete a worksheet.

  • Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Data Points

    Dr. Corina Tarnita and colleagues studied how a pattern of termite mounds across a dryland ecosystem enhances resilience against desertification.

  • Coral Bleaching Activity

    Coral Bleaching Activity

    Activities

    This is a classroom activity in which students use authentic data to assess the threat of coral bleaching around the world. It supports the 2014 Holiday Lectures on Science video featuring Dr. Stephen Palumbi.

  • The Making of Mass Extinctions

    The Making of Mass Extinctions

    Posters

    Discover the environmental factors that caused the five big mass extinctions in Earth’s history and which species they impacted.

  • The Anthropocene—Human Impact on the Environment

    The Anthropocene—Human Impact on the Environment

    Posters

    The poster supporting the 2014 Holiday Lectures, Biodiversity in the Age of Humans, illustrates many ways that humans are affecting the earth.

  • Gorongosa: Restoring Mozambique’s National Treasure

    Gorongosa: Restoring Mozambique’s National Treasure

    Readings

    This article by Gorongosa National Project staff explains the project’s history, mission, and future goals.

  • Discovering the Wallace Line

    Discovering the Wallace Line

    Activities

    This activity supports the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students are presented with a map of the Malay Archipelago and some field notebooks with observations of animals. By plotting which animals are found on which island, the students discover the Wallace Line—a sharp boundary that separates distinct Asian and Australian fauna. 

  • EarthViewer Climate Guide Activity

    EarthViewer Climate Guide Activity

    Activities

    This student worksheet highlights climate concepts in the EarthViewer app.

  • Earth Systems Activity

    Earth Systems Activity

    Activities

    This activity guides students through building a conceptual model of how carbon dioxide affects Earth's climate

  • Finding the Crater

    Finding the Crater

    Activities

    This hands-on activity requires students to “visit” different K-T boundary sites.

  • Classroom Activities: What is My Carbon Footprint?

    Classroom Activities: What is My Carbon Footprint?

    Activities

    To accompany the lecture series Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. Using an online calculator, you will estimate your household’s carbon footprint and explore various actions to reduce it. Also available in Spanish.

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