Carolina EcoKits: Population and Density Biomass

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Grades 9-12. With this kit's activities, students observe a study site to determine population density and biomass. They record organisms present in the study site and construct a food chain and a food web based on those findings. Students use quadrat sampling to determine the population density of a target species. They then find the biomass of the target species and apply the ecological rule of thumb to relate the standing crop biomass and energy transfer between trophic levels.
This kit is appropriate for high school students and addresses the following National Science Education Standards

Grades 9-12
Science as Inquiry
    •Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
    •Conservation of energy and increase in disorder
Life Science
    •Interdependence of organisms
Science and Technology