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Year 11 Pre-Diploma Biology Assignment (Wednesday 22 , Thursday 23 , Homework & Thursday 6 November)http://data.ecn.ac.uk/environmental_indicators.asp 3 Produce a specific piece of research: Either: Take just one of these ways in which the evidence is assembled and get deeper into it by researching through the internet. Or: You might like to take just one organism (plant or animal) for which you have been able to collect records from the internet, and make an analysis of those records and their significance. Whichever you choose, generate about 1 page of research. Remember to acknowledge your resources – bibliography. This is all very, very interesting! This is contemporary biology at its best! I know that it will not be easy, because I am asking you to be specialists, but I believe in you! John Osborne October 2014 " id="pdf-obj-0-2" src="pdf-obj-0-2.jpg">

Year 11 Pre-Diploma Biology

Assignment (Wednesday 22 nd , Thursday 23 rd , Homework & Thursday 6 th November)

This will not be easy but give it a try! My hope is that you will all come up with something different that can be shared with us all, to give a wide variety of support data.

This is all about the way seasons change naturally – eg. spring, summer, autumn, and winter or rainy and dry seasons – and the way changes are happening because of global warming. Changing seasons create conditions upon which animals and plants depend and are adapted, maybe for hibernation, or for breeding, or for flowering and fruiting, etc. The present changing of the earth’s climate is creating chaos amongst plants and animals, whose customary seasons are no longer synchronised with their needs.

The photocopied sheets are about seasonal changes and the science of PHENOLOGY, and then information about the ways on which different data is being accumulated by scientists. The shared pages in Google contain news items of examples of what climate change is doing to animals.

You will need to read these pages and then

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your end products will be:

  • 1 A short summary that explains how rising temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and changes in seasonal cycles can affect plants and animals. (This is Checkpoint 4.6 on the first page.) You might like to get on the internet – just a little – and add some data and facts. There are some excellent phenology sites including the UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) – put that in Google. This summary should be maximum half a page and will show that you understand the essential concepts.

  • 2 Review the different ways in which the evidence for global warming is being collected. These include temperature records, evaluation of pollen, the study of bog beetles, tree-ring analysis (dendrochronology), ice thickness measurements, and lots of other evidence, some very interesting and unusual, which you might find on the internet. The ECN provides some fascinating data about the UK. http://data.ecn.ac.uk/environmental_indicators.asp

  • 3 Produce a specific piece of research: Either: Take just one of these ways in which the evidence is assembled and get deeper into it by researching through the internet. Or: You might like to take just one organism (plant or animal) for which you have been able to collect records from the internet, and make an analysis of those records and their significance. Whichever you choose, generate about 1 page of research. Remember to acknowledge your resources – bibliography.

This is all very, very interesting! This is contemporary biology at its best! I know that it will not be easy, because I am asking you to be specialists, but I believe in you!

John Osborne

October 2014