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GLOBE’s Earth as a System investigation area cultivates students’ awareness of an intricate web of global connections. Similar to real world scientists, students explore life science concepts, learning that “ organisms can only survive where their needs are met. ” The Earth as a System investigation area encourages students to observe patterns and connections, such as through phenology. Phenology is the study of how living organisms respond to seasonal changes in their environment. Only through observing and measuring can we notice if changes are occurring and how they occur. ...
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Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE Investigation Areas: EARTH AS A SYSTEM RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS
Establishment and proliferation of invasive species in an environment where they were introduced is becoming a worldwide problem. During my trip to Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan in 2008 for a research fellowship, I was able to observe the same plant species that is also considered invasive in the United States. It is called the tree-of-heaven ( Ailanthus altissima ). This trip initiated a project involving a more in-depth investigation of the competitiveness of Ailanthus as an invasive plant. With the involvement of undergraduate students in the Department of Land Resources at ...
Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: GENERAL SCIENCE Investigation Areas: EARTH AS A SYSTEM
When you think about farms, you may think of the sounds you hear. Those sounds may include both natural and manmade sounds, such as the rustling of produce in the wind or machines working the fields. While these are expected sounds that can indicate farm health, scientists recently have been looking at another natural sound: songbirds. Farmers are becoming more interested in looking at the key connections between ecological, economic, and social components to managing their farms, according to Quest science blog . It is then important to make sure that clear and ...
Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: CLIMATE CHANGE BACKYARD SCIENCE CLIMATE Investigation Areas: EARTH AS A SYSTEM ARCTIC BIRD MIGRATION