Ecology is the foundational study of how organisms interact with each other and the planet. A complete study of ecology may include investigating the biotic and abiotic factors of biomes, the structures of ecosystems, the processes at work within ecosystems, interactions among species in an ecosystem, and ecosystem sustainability. This complex topic is broken down into three sections: ecosystem structure, ecosystem interactions, and ecosystem sustainability.
This guide on ecosystem sustainability breaks down the important information students need to know, provides links to products and free digital resources, and includes suggestions for hands-on labs that reinforce student learning.
We have gathered a variety of products and resources to better help you teach this concept. They include:
- Investigations of ecosystem sustainability
- Additional products to help teach this concept
- Free resources for you and your students
The major areas covered in this topic are:
- Population Growth and Carrying Capacity
- Human Impact and Pollution
- Environmental Chemistry and Testing
Population Growth and Carrying Capacity
Using models containing either real organisms or simulated ecosystems students can study population growth, how the number of individuals in a population change over time, and carrying capacity, the number of individuals in a population that an ecosystem can sustain.
Human Impact and Pollution
Humans can greatly impact the environment in which they live. Their actions can harm an ecosystem. One of the ways that humans can harm an ecosystem is through pollution. While students learn about how pollution impacts ecosystems they also discover ways that those impacts can be reduced.
Environmental Chemistry Testing
Students learn about ways to test the environment. This allows them to make inferences about the effects of pollutants and naturally occurring cycles.
Sustainability describes the use of a resource in a manner that maintains an ecological balance. By exploring this important topic students are able to gain insight both as environmental scientists and as people who live on this earth.
Carolina offers a variety of products to fit your needs. Check out our selection of products to supplement your ecosystem lessons.
Additional Ecology Support
We have free resources to help you teach this concept, including:
- Free activities
- How-to videos
- Helpful buying guides
Free 3-D/NGSS Activities for Ecosystem Processes
Carolina Essentials™ are free, hands-on, NGSS-based activities. These activities are designed to make implementing 3-D learning easy. Students make sense of phenomena while learning concepts essential for understanding ecosystem processes. You can browse all of these Carolina Essentials or try one of these:
- Altering Carrying Capacity by Changing Environmental Factors
- Water Quality Awareness
- Human Impacts: How Can Our Impacts Be Assessed
More Ecology Activities
- Practice with Population Growth Curves
- Estimating Populations Using Mark-Recapture
- Learn about The Impact of Honeybee Populations
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Choosing the appropriate equipment for your labs can be a challenging task. Our buying guides are designed to make your decisions easy. Review Carolina Recommended Microscopes or our Ultimate Lab Basics Buying Guide.
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