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Students

develop

ecosystem

literacy

at

the

local

scale

of

their

familiar

schoolyard

ecosystem.

They

make

a

land

use

decision

regarding

the

addition

of

an

athletic

field

to

the

school

grounds

and

investigate

how

land

use

impacts

hydrology,

nitrogen

flux,

biotic

factors,

social

factors,

and

ecosystem

services.

They

build

a

case

for

their

chosen

land

use

decision

by

constructing

evidence-based

arguments

that

take

impacts,

ecosystem

services

and

social

factors

into

account.

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Students

explore

the

impact

of

habitat

fragmentation

on

biodiversity

as

they

consider

the

proposed

conversion

of

farmland

to

a

suburban

housing

development.

They

map

landscape

elements

and

investigate

biodiversity,

social

factors,

fluxes

of

carbon,

the

economics

and

role

of

commodity

subsidies,

and

the

impact

of

green

design.

They

debate

land

use

alternatives

and

build

a

coherent

scientific

case

to

support

their

chosen

land

use

plan

for

an

abandoned

farm.

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Students

explore

connections

between

the

agricultural

and

grazing

practices

currently

responsible

for

large-scale

deforestation

in

Amazonia,

and

local,

regional,

and

global

climate.

They

investigate

the

role

of

rainforest

in

regulating

atmospheric

gases

and

stabilizing

rainfall.

They

analyze

patterns

of

Amazonian

deforestation

and

habitat

fragmentation,

analyze

the

economic

ecology

of

soybean

production,

cattle

ranching

and

forestry

land

uses,

and

conduct

a

stakeholder

analysis.

Finally,

student

teams

prepare

a

plan

for

a

small

region

of

Amazonia,

juggling

types

of

land

use

to

optimize

critical

factors

such

as

biodiversity

conservation,

carbon

sequestration,

economic

benefits

and

viable

agriculture.

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Since

habitat

disruption

due

to

climate

change

is

at

its

most

dramatic

in

the

Arctic,

many

species

are

showing

signs

of

rapid

impacts.

Students

explore

impacts

on

the

Arctic

biota

that

result

from

changes

related

to

local

warming.

They

investigate

abiotic

changes

due

to

fluxes

of

heat

energy

in

the

Arctic.

They

learn

about

population

dynamics,

conservation

biology,

adaptation

and

natural

selection

to

understand

the

УoptionsФ

available

to

Arctic

species.

Building

on

data

about

already

occurring

changes,

they

forecast

what

is

likely

to

happen

to

selected

Arctic

species

as

the

climate

continues

to

change,

and

make

a

case

for

appropriate

conservation

strategies

for

these

species.

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