Natural Resources Part III - Climate Change, Survival Strategies

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Documents from my Natural Resources course are attached.  This class focuses on the universal role of all professionals in natural resources and environmental careers, namely to maximze biodiversity and minimize extinctions. The course focuses first on the roles and processes related to biodiversity, and then proceeds to outline how extinctions occur and their impact.  Each of the four main causes of extinction (habitat loss, invasive species, over-hunting, and pollution) are individually investigated to consider their role in reducing biodiversity and the challenges they present to natural resources managers.  The course concludes with a brief unit on survival strategies.


Each unit generally consists of the following: PowerPoint notes, Word notesheet that accompanies the PowerPoint and provides guided note-taking, Unit Organizers which summarize the lessons, lab protocols, and applications (techniques, etc.), Lab, and Assessment (quizzes primarily).


Each course begins with an introductory activity or discussion on Monday, PowerPoint notes on Tuesday, Lab activity on Wednesday, Review and Quiz on Thursday, and Career Preparation (resumes, cover letters, job interviews, college applications, etc.) on Friday


The accompanying activities on Climate Change are highly effective in that they place students in the position of a climate scientist.  The data they use is the same used by climatologists across the globe and allows them to come to their own conclusions on the legitimacy of climate change.  In my experience, a large percentage of students reverse their stance of climate change as a result of these activities.