Friday, December 18, 2015

Chapter 8

Chapter 8 Outline HERE

Ch. 8 Reading Guide:    Human Population
I.                 Skim chapter 8 – Human Population
·        Describe the “Central Case:  China’s one-child policy
·        Describe the “rule of 70” 
·        Describe the pieces in the “IPAT model”
·        How do births, deaths, immigration and emigration affect population distribution?
·        Describe a demographic transition and how it relates to industrialization
·        Describe reasons for population decline in Bangladesh
·        Do you think that the Earth has a carrying capacity?  Explain why or why not.
II.               Key vocabulary
Exponential growth
Population density
Population distribution
Sex ratio
Total fertility rate
Replacement fertility
Natural rate of population change
Life expectancy
Pre-industrial stage
Transition stage
Industrial stage
Post-industrial stage
Women’s empowerment
Wealth gap

Application questions (pp. 241-243).  Answer in complete sentences
Testing your comprehension – 1,2,3,6, 9
Seeking solutions #1,2,5,6
 Interpreting Graphs #1-3

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Biogeochemical cycles Assignemnt

Everyone reads TheOgallala Aquifer: Saving a Vital US Water Source     Due Monday (12/14)
Then pick one of the following and read:
  1. Poisoned Well
  2. Water wars

Pick Two of the following and read:
  1. Can Carbon Capture Save Coal
  2. Life of P
  3. Unconventional Crude

Now you will Pick a main idea from one of the readings and write it at the top of your first page.  Next you will write 4 paragraphs on your main idea.  Each paragraph MUST include information from each reading.  You also must include a drawing of two of the geochemical cycles as part of your paper (you may NOT cut and paste from the internet).

When you are finished assign each reading a color. Next go back to your writing and underline the information in each paragraph that comes from each reading in the appropriate color.  You may use other information, ideas, and personal opinion also.  Your paper must be 1000 words minimum.  Typed is best but not mandatory.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Enriching the Sea to Death

Enriching the Sea
Main Points
·        Bullet points
·        Paragraph
Your Reaction
·        How does this make you feel.
·        Do you always want to live in Bellingham?  What would make you leave?
Who are the stakeholders?
·        Try to think
How is each stakeholder affected?
·        List the stakeholder and the positive or negative affect
So what?

·        What happens if we continue on at the status quo?  Try to think about the big picture.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Chapter 7 outline Due Monday 11/30

Ch. 7 Reading Guide:    Environmental Systems and Ecosystem Ecology
Key ideas
·        Describe the case study for the Gulf of Mexico “dead zone.”
·        Explain eutrophication and how it leads to the Gulf of Mexico “dead zone”
·        Describe differences between lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere
·        Describe and environmental system, and the difference between open and closed systems.
·        Describe the following biogeochemical cycles (including flow charts of how the matter moves):
o   Phosphorus cycle (include a diagram showing lithosphere and oceanic movement/storage)
o   Nitrogen cycle (include a diagram showing lithosphere and atmosphere movement/storage)
o   Hydrologic cycle (include a diagram in your notes with ) -
o   Carbon cycle (we will do the Carbon cycle in class)
·        Describe the rock cycle, rock types, and its relation to each type of plate boundary
Key vocabulary
Nitrogen-fixing bacteria
Igneous rock
Dead zone
Sedimentary rock
Denitrifying bacteria
Metamorphic rock
Positive feedback loop
Haber-Bosch process
Plate Tectonics
Negative feedback loop
Gross primary production
Divergent plate boundary
Net primary production
Transform plate boundary
Biogeochemical cycles
Convergent plate boundary
Dissolved oxygen
Nutrient Reservoir
Nitrogen fixation
Water table

Application questions (pp. 212-213).  Answer in complete sentences
·        Testing your comprehension – 2-6, 8, 9
·        Seeking solutions – 4, 5, 6
·        Interpreting Graphs – All

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chapter 6 due 2nd Block day Nov 2 -6

Chapter 6 Reading guide

Do chapter outline.

Fundamental Niche
Realized niche
Resource partitioning
Trophic level
Food web
Food chain
Keystone species
Primary succession
Secondary secession
Pioneer species
Invasive species
Ecological restoration
Ten terrestrial biomes

  • Recognize the major types of species interactions, such as competition, predation, parasitism, and mutualism
  • Evaluate how feeding relationships and energy flow can be conceptualized in trophic levels and food webs
  • Assess the roles of keystone species
  • Understand the process of succession, and the debate over the nature of communities
  • Perceive the potential impacts of invasive species in communities
  • Recognize the goals and methods of ecological restoration
  • Describe the terrestrial biomes of the world
Testing your comprehension – 1-6, 8
Seeking solutions – 5, 6

Interpreting Graphs – All

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Antibiotic Resistance Articles DUE TUESDAY

Read the following articles

Swine and superbugs
Antibiotic Fact Sheet
Antibiotic resistance organic food
Meat industry Defends Antibiotics Use
A growing problem
Antibiotic use

1. Write a summary paragraph  for each article.
2. Write a paragraph to explain what antibiotic resistance is.
3. Write a paragraph and draw a picture to explain how antibiotic resistance happens.
4. Write a paragraph explaining why antibiotic resistance is a concern.  Include a brief history of antibiotics, life before antibiotics, and life after antibiotics.
5. Write a paragraph summarizing where you fall on the use of antibiotic use in farm animals.  Be sure to provide reasons and evidence supporting your stance.
6.  You are the head of the FDA and in charge of policy regarding antibiotic use.  Write a policy that takes into account public health as you understand it and the concerns of business and why you wrote it the way you did (ie justify your position).  Remember though that the FDA's primary charge is the protection of human health.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Chapter 5 Do chapter outline Due Monday

Ch. 5 Reading Guide:    Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology
Key vocabulary
Biological evolution
Natural selection
Charles Darwin
Alfred Russell Wallace
Phylogenetic tree
Population size
Adaptive trait or adaptation
Population density
Population distribution (dispersion)
Artificial selection
Mass extinction
Exponential growth
Genetic variation
K-T mass extinction
Limiting factors
Biological diversity (biodiversity)
Sixth mass extinction
Logistic growth curve
Key ideas
  • Explain the process of natural selection and cite evidence for this process
  • Describe ways in which evolution results in biodiversity
  • Discuss reasons for species extinction and mass extinction events
  • Compare the adaptability of specialists vs. generalists
  • List levels of ecological organization – population, community and ecosystem
  • Outline the characteristics of populations that help predict population growth
  • Describe how logistic growth, carrying capacity, limiting factors, birth/death rates affect population ecology
  • Identify efforts and challenges involved in the conservation of biodiversity.
Application questions (pp. 146-147).  Answer in complete sentences
o   Testing your comprehension -  1,3,4,5,6,8,10
o   Seeking solutions –  2, 3, 4, 6
o   Interpreting graphs and data – 1, 2, 3


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Power Lab

Weight = your weight (lbs.) / 2.2 (Kg)
Height = 4.3 m
Time = take your average for walking and your average for running
Gravity = 9.81 m/s2
Work (joules) = mass (kg) * gravity (9.81 m/s2) * 4.3 m
Power (watts) = work / time

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Reading Guide Ch. 4   From Chemistry to Energy of Life
Key vocabulary
Chemical energy
Half life
Fossil record

Ionic compound
Potential energy
Atom and its parts
Cellular respiration

Key ideas
  • Explain the fundamentals of environmental chemistry and apply them to real-world situations
  • Describe the molecular building blocks of living organisms
  • Describe how isotopes are used to study the earth a long time ago
  • Differentiate among the types of energy and recite the basics of energy flow
  • Distinguish photosynthesis, respiration, and chemosynthesis, and summarize their importance to living things
  • Itemize and evaluate the major hypotheses for the origin of life on Earth
  • Outline our knowledge regarding early life and give supporting evidence for each major concept
Application questions (pp. 114-115).  Answer in complete sentences
o   Testing your comprehension -  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
o   Seeking solutions –  1, 3, 5

o   Interpreting graphs and data – 1, 2, 3

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chapter 3 Reading Guide Due 9/14 No Outline I will provide.

Ch. 3   Environmental Policy:  Decision Making and Problem Solving
Key vocabulary
Public Policy
Rachel Carson and “Silent Spring”
Market incentives
Environmental Policy
National Environmental Policy Act
External Cost
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Revolving door
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
US House of Representatives
US Senate
Executive branch
United Nations
Judicial branch
General Mining Law of 1872
World Bank
Regulatory taking
Green taxes
European Union

World Trade Organization (WTO)
Key ideas
·        Why is environmental policy needed to address environmental issues?
·        Outline an “Overview of US Environmental Policy” including the 3 branches of government and what tools each branch can use to address environmental issues.
·        What did “Silent Spring” do for environmentalists and environmental policy?
·        What does the EPA do?  What are they responsible for?
·        Describe how subsidies are tools of environmental policy.  Include specific examples of subsidies
·        Describe steps in the environmental policy process
·        Describe how Mexico and the US have worked together internationally to manage water
Application questions (pp. 86-87).  Answer in complete sentences
o   Testing your comprehension -  1,3,5,4,6,7, 10
o   Seeking solutions –  3,5,6

o   Interpreting graphs and data – 1, 3