Surveying Gorongosa's Biodiversity
In this video, biologists Piotr Naskrecki and Jennifer Guyton identify and record the diversity of species in Gorongosa National Park’s Cheringoma Plateau.
An important part of the conservation effort in Gorongosa National Park is to identify the species living in the park to ensure their protection and monitor their recovery. Every year, teams of scientists conduct biodiversity surveys in different areas of the park.
Naskrecki leads the survey project in a particularly remote area: the limestone gorges of the Cheringoma Plateau. He has assembled an international team of experts who use a variety of innovative methods to capture species large and small. Guyton, a bat expert and graduate student at Princeton University, is part of the team. She identifies several new species of bats and discusses their important role as indicator species.
The accompanying “Student Worksheet” incorporates concepts and information from the video.
An audio descriptive version of the film is available via our media player.
Student Learning Targets
- Learn about research practices.
- Develop scientific explanations and justify claims using evidence.
- Analyze and interpret data from a biodiversity survey.
Africa, bat, conservation, indicator species, scientific methodology, scientific process
HS-LS2.C, HS-LS4.D, HS-LS4-5; SEP4, SEP5
ENE-4.A, ENE-4.B, SYI-1.H, SYI-3.F, SYI-3.G; SP2, SP4, SP5
3.1, 3.3, 3.4
Math.A-REI.3; MP2, MP3
CC5; DP1, DP2