Human population growth, globalization, and industrialization are having profound impacts on the long-term health and stability of ecosystems, permanently altering the products of billions of years of evolutionary history on planet Earth. In this unit, students create plans to address the population decline of endangered species, gaining a greater understanding of how humans have altered ecosystems and what actions may be taken (including the use of biotechnology) to preserve biodiversity. Students create models and utilize simulations to gain a deeper understanding of large-scale geological and biological processes.
How are human activities altering the physical and living environment?
Is it possible to save species from extinction?