Designing Solutions to Preserve Biodiversity
In this collaborative activity, students explore major biodiversity threats and design, present, and refine solutions for preserving biodiversity. They also consider the roles of local partners and potential constraints in developing and implementing their solutions.
The activity focuses on the five threats to biodiversity represented by the acronym HIPPO (habitat loss, invasive species, pollution, population growth, and overharvesting). The activity also leverages Wild Hope, a series of short films that highlight species and ecosystems threatened by biodiversity loss, as well as people working to protect them.
The “Educator Materials” provide more information on implementing the student materials for this activity: the “Student Handout,” the “Hawaiian Monk Seal Comic,” and the “HIPPO Expert Team Information Sheets.” An optional “Slide Deck” with images from the “Information Sheets” is also provided.
Student Learning Targets
- Describe five major ways in which human activities threaten biodiversity: habitat loss, invasive species, pollution, population growth, and overharvesting.
- Design, present, and refine solutions for reducing the impacts of human activities on biodiversity.
- Describe potential partners and constraints for developing or implementing solutions.
- Evaluate and provide feedback on potential solutions presented by peers.
anthropogenic change, constraint, habitat loss/habitat destruction, Hawaiian monk seal, invasive species, jigsaw, overharvesting/overexploitation, pollution, population growth/overpopulation
Littnan, C., Harting, A., and Baker, J. 2015. Neomonachus schauinslandi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T13654A45227978. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-2.RLTS.T13654A45227978.en.
Robinson, Stacie, Michelle Barbieri, and Thea Johanos. 2022. “The Hawaiian Monk Seal: Ethology Applied to Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery.” In Ethology and Behavioral Ecology of Phocids. Springer: Cham, Switzerland, pp. 599–635. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-88923-4_16.
World Wildlife Fund. 2022. Living Planet Report 2022 – Building a nature positive society. Almond, R.E.A., Grooten, M., Juffe Bignoli, D. & Petersen, T. (Eds). Gland, Switzerland. https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/living-planet-report-2022.
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Accessibility Level (WCAG compliance)
HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-6; SEP1, SEP6, SEP7, SEP8
AP Biology 2019
SYI-2.A, SYI-2.B; SP1, SP6
IB Biology 2016
AP Environmental Science 2020
Topic(s): 2.1, 2.2, 8.2, 9.8, 9.9, 9.10
Learning Objectives & Practices:
ERT-2.A, ERT-2.C, EIN-4.A, EIN-4.B, EIN-4.C; SP1, SP7
IB Environmental Systems and Societies 2017
1.5, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 8.3
Common Core 2010
ELA.RST.9–12.2, ELA.RST.9–12.7, ELA.RST.9–12.9
Vision and Change 2009
CC5; DP4, DP5, DP6