Teaching Ecology Using Gorongosa National Park
This playlist can be used to teach several core topics in ecology by connecting students to actual research being conducted in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. The topics covered include biomes, food chains and webs, energy flow through trophic levels, human impacts, and conservation biology.
By completing the resources in this playlist, students will be able to:
- Interpret graphs and use evidence to make a claim about the ecological differences among biomes.
- Gather evidence from historical data to make a claim about the effects of human activities on animal populations.
- Build a food web model, and use the model to explain energy flow through trophic levels and the impacts of disturbances on ecological communities.
- Make observations to formulate a testable scientific question, and plan and perform data analysis to answer that question using authentic scientific data.
This playlist can be used in general high school biology and environmental science courses. Implementing this playlist should take about five to six 50-minute class periods.