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Exploring Trophic Cascades and Ecological Relationships Using HHMI Biointeractive Resources
This workshop will be offered on Saturday, March 16, 1:00–2:30PM EASTERN. Note that the workshop time is in US Eastern time zone. Please verify the corresponding time in your local area.
How can changes in one species affect an entire ecosystem? Trophic cascades are powerful indirect interactions that can control the biodiversity of ecosystems. In this workshop, participants will explore a classic trophic cascade triggered by the loss of sea otters from a kelp forest ecosystem and use their understanding of trophic cascades in four other case studies that ask students to predict the relationships among different species and the consequences of ecosystem changes.
We’ll discuss how to have students analyze data to discover the effect that cougar displacement by humans has had on the makeup of a community. We’ll also use a hands-on activity to model food webs, evaluating how ecological disturbances affect each trophic level. Participants will experience and discuss a three-lesson sequence of Biointeractive activities that utilize the science practices and can provide differentiated instruction for various levels of students.
This workshop is for educators who teach any level of high school biology, including introductory and advanced courses (AP, IB, etc.). Facilitators will model strategies for online and in-person instruction.
- The workshop will be hosted via Zoom meeting.
- Our workshops actively engage participants and often feature small group work in breakout rooms to build community, foster discussion, and model classroom practice.
- Workshop attendees will receive a certificate of participation and access to the free BioInteractive resources modeled in the workshop.
Live transcription will be available in the main Zoom meeting room. If you require live transcription in the breakout rooms, or any other accommodations in order to fully participate in the workshop, please indicate this on the registration form.
Please email [email protected] with any questions.
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