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Biodiversity, a term first coined in 1980 by ecologist, E.O. Wilson, describes the variety of species, genetic variabilityamongst individuals within each species, the variety of ecosystems, and the function of energy and matter flow andcycling through a community. Biodiversity is a relative term, comparing one ecosystem to another, and can bemeasured through a variety of methods.In today’s lab, you will use the Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index to describe biodiversity in different areas along a trail,comparing the biodiversity at the trails edge versus the biodiversity of a less disturbed area, inside the habitat. Thediversity index (H) is measured on a scale from 0.0 (indicating no diversity) to 4.0 (indicating infinite diversity). Thisindex value (H) takes into consideration species richness and abundance.
Subject:
Biology
Level:
High School
Grades:
Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
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Date Added:
11/28/2019

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