Did you know, 2010 was The International Year of Biodiversity?

Watch Edward Norton (USA), MISIA (Japan) and Gisele (Brazil) speak on Biodiversity...



Check out these two resource on SharePoint in this topic folder;
  • The Rhino Wars Nat Geo (2012)
  • Guardian Rhino ppt
CITES update on trade of Rhino Horn



Source: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v404/n6781/fig_tab/404990a0_F1.html

Worksheet - Biozone Ecology Workbook, page 123 - Loss of Biodiversity

Useful links for this topic:

Global Biodiversity Information Facility - a searchable database of the published world's biodiversity data

EarthTrends - environmental information portal

World Resources Institute - creating solutions to large-scale economic and environmental challenges

The Habitable Planet - chapter 9 - Biodiversity Decline

The Red List - the most comprehensive and global, list of threatened species

CITES- The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

UNEP - The United Nations Environment Program

i-Biology - Conservation & Biodiversity

Becoming Human - The evolution of Humans

Mitochondrial Eve - The mother of all of us?

ABC Science The Age of Megafauna - Land, climate, fauna, fossils of prehistoric Australia

Pearson Bacconline Worksheets - some with answers

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science - login to access

Learning Activities

Pre-reading from Pearson - Terminology, Diversity

Teaching Point PowerPoint 4.1.1


Further reading (homework): http://www.greeniacs.com/GreeniacsArticles/Wildlife/Importance-of-Biodiversity.html

Gizmo: Natural Selection



Teaching Point powerpoint (on SharePoint) -> 4.1.2-4

Mechanisms of Evolution - Clickview Video

Clipbirds - modelling natural selection

Gizmo: Rainfall and Bird Beaks (metric)
After completing the worksheet, ponder this...
What conditions could spell disaster for the finches? Why?

Isolation and speciation

Becoming Human Interactive Documentary

Rat Island - adaptations

The anthropocene

A screen-shot from an article in The Economist (thanks Mr Toohey!)

An overview of 4.1 - 4.5 of Topic 4: Conservation & Biodiversity

A big thank you yet again to the outstanding Mr G!

DiscoveryEducation videos:

Greatest Discoveries with Bill Nye: Earth Science


Continental Drift & Evolution Puzzle

The "Big Burp": How Pangea (the Supercontinent) Was Formed

(7 segments, about 40mins total)

Plate Tectonics PowerPoint link:


Biogeographical evidence for evolution

Pearson - p179-180 -> Geographical & Reproductive isolation


In conjunction with your textbooks, refer to your Biozone Ecology workbook, page 115 - Ecosystem Stability

Worksheet 4.1- Krakatau – Succession in action

Aust Bureau of Meterology - Krakatoa's islands


4.3 - Rainforests for the future

(4.2.2 was covered in your Rainforest Case Study task)

Extinction and the Red List

mass extinctions image.png

Case Study: Woolly Mammoths

Mass extinction events - further reading

The rise of vascular plants in the Devonian period - confirmed by recent Science!

The K-T boundary

Teaching Point powerpoint (on SharePoint) -> 4.2.2-4
Worksheet 4.2 - Evaluating biodiversity and vulnerability


Biozone Biology Workbook activities - geological timescales & fossil record

Teaching Point powerpoint (on SharePoint) -> 4.2.5 - Red List Criteria
Research Task
Go to the IUCN Red List website: explore species in each of the categories. Select a species from 3 different categories (ie, a different status). Research the each of the species and compare them based on the factors that have accorded them placement in their categories.


For 4.2.6 above, you may choose the 3 examples that are presented in the text book OR you may research your own.
Create a table to help you summarise & therefore minimise the information so that it can be more easily remembered.

(4.2.7 was covered in your Rainforest Case Study task)
However, you should also record information for that dot point on The Great Barrier Reef, as presented in your text book, as this will assist you with having further information on the reef, as you encountered it in Ecosystems topic with regard to Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA`s).

Build your own ecology lab!
From Habitable Planet

Teaching Point powerpoint (on SharePoint) -> 4.3 (may be useful for students for the above task)



Tutorial & Simulation on Habitat Fragmentation and the Effect of Corridors

Conservation Strategies - Designing a Nature Reserve task


For the named protected area, use the Danum Valley Conservation Area in Malaysian Borneo information which is presented in the text


BBC News: Conservation groups barred from ivory meeting

Shoot, shovel & shut-up: a state-space model to determine the extent of effects of poaching

Worksheet 4.4 - Conservation organizations: Different roles for different needs

Worksheet 4.5 - DIY Protected area

Write your response to this TOK link for ESS (top of wiki page)

Discussion regarding logging of native forests... and biodiversity HOTSPOTS

The Carbon Tax in Australia - an exploration of various viewpoints and environmental value systems

Task: Read the following articles.
In a table, or on a scale of the range of value systems (ecocentric, anthropocentric, technocentric), place the viewpoints and stakeholders represented in the articles.
Refer also to the YouTube placed on the Extended Essay page, where the Prime Minister of Ausralia explains the carbon tax, and the public`s response is demonstrated.
Search on YouTube for the advertisements being shown on TV in Australia about the Carbon Tax.
Write a few paragraphs summarising the environmental considerations of the Carbon Tax, the various stakeholders and their viewpoints, including your own viewpoint on the Carbon Tax.