Subsequently, as a method to assess the diversity of macro-organismal communities, e DNA was first analyzed in sediments, revealing DNA from extinct and extant animals and plants, but has since been obtained from various terrestrial and aquatic environmental samples.
The challenge is in large part impeded by the lack of knowledge on the state and distribution of biodiversity – especially since the majority of species on Earth are un-described by science.
All conservation efforts to save biodiversity essentially depend on the monitoring of species and populations to obtain reliable distribution patterns and population size estimates.
Such monitoring has traditionally relied on physical identification of species by visual surveys and counting of individuals.
Further students’ knowledge of classification and taxonomy with two classification key activities and develop their independent research skills with a species discovery expedition planning task.
Through an exploration of endangered species and conservation issues, students are transformed into ‘endangered species experts’.
Students will develop practical planning and investigative skills and will practice critically analysing and evaluating evidence from their observations and experiments.