INVASIVE SPECIES PROJECT!
In class today we learned about what can happen when a species is introduced to an ecosystem that is not its own.
TO LEARN MORE and TO HELP YOUR GRADE IN BIOLOGY, COMPLETE THIS PROJECT!!!!!!!
TURN IT IN ON MONDAY!!!
Option A: Write a good quality, researched report
Option B: Make an attractive informative poster
Supersize it! After you do your research and complete Option A or B, complete one of these options for even more points!
Enrichment Role Play: Write a letter from your introduced species. You get to determine the content of the letter, who gets the letter, and the tone (threatening, apologetic, friendly…). For example, if you selected sea lamprey, you could write the letter a sea lampry might send to a lake trout. (You have to do the research first so your letter makes sense!)
Newspaper Article: Find a news article! From a real newspaper or online newspaper (not wiki!!!), about an invasive species; clear references, within last 6 months, more bonus if about your own species
**Information that must be in the Report or Poster**
- What is the organism’s common name?
- What is the organism’s scientific name
- Provide a picture
- Where is it originally from? (Original range/home (you can use a map))
- Where has it been introduced? (Where is it invasive?/What is the new range?) (can use a map)
- Date of introduction – when did it arrive in the new place
- How it was introduced – how did it get to the new place
- Location of first introduction – where did it first invade?
- Ecological consequences – what is happening to the native organisms and ecosystem? Consider competition, etc.
- Economic consequences – how is money affected by this organism’s presence?
- What is being done about the organism being here?
- Prognosis – does the future look hopeful or bad?
- Report should be typed and in your own words – I have to be able to read it. Poster may be typed or hand-printed but should be neat and attractive.
- You must cite all references appropriately; include a bibliography!
- Plagiarism will result in a grade of zero and disciplinary action!
- You may complete more than one report or poster, but if you do, make sure they are all good quality.
- You may also complete the “super-size me” option for additional points.
- It is currently OPTIONAL to complete this assignment. However, the cardmarking is almost over and this could have a very big impact on bringing up a low grade...
RESOURCES TO HELP YOU
Here is a list of invasive species to choose from. There are thousands of others, but choose from this list unless you are sure the organism is an invader or you get approval from me.
Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus)
Asian Bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis)
Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis)
Asian silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)
Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata Thunb)
Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Curly-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus)
Dutch Elm Disease (Ophiostoma ulmi)
Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)
Eurasian Ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus)
Eurasian WaterMillfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum)
European starling (Sturnus vulgaris Linnaeus)
Fishhook waterflea (Cercopagis pengoi)
Flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)
Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar)
Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata)
Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum or Fallopia japonica )
Northern Snakehead (Channa argus)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Quagga mussel (Dreissena bugensis )
Round Goby (Neogobius melanostomus)
Rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus)
Sea Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus)
Spiny Water Flea (Bythotrephes cederstroemi)
Sudden Oak Death (Phytophthora ramorum)
West Nile Virus (Flavivirus)
White Perch (Morone americana)
Zebra Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha)
Need help getting started? Try these – but there are many more
USDA National Agricultural Library (searchable database) http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/index.shtml
Michigan page of USDA site http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/unitedstates/mi.shtml
Michigan DNR (Department of Natural Resources) Page http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10370_59996---,00.html
EPA general site http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/invasive/
General Michigan Information http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/downloads/ais/07-704-fs-AIS-MI.pdf
Michigan Native and Invasive Species Info http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/explore/native-and-invasive-species/
and Aquatic Invasives Fact Sheets http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/publications/fact-sheets/aquatic-invasive-species/
Midwest Invasive Species Information Network http://www.misin.msu.edu/
NOT a government site; an organization that works to get rid of invasives http://www.defenders.org/publications/michigan.pdf
(note: In order to quickly upload this page, video links were not yet checked this year for functionality as of this posting; if a link does not work, try another and accept my apologies)
CBS News Video from class today http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7386464n
Video from class today http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/other/videos/killer-aliens-war-on-invasive-species.htm
Asian Carp in Illinois http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-threat-of-invasive-species/
FINAL NOTES: REMEMBER TO CITE YOUR REFERENCES! Check the guidelines to make sure you have all the information. IMPRESS ME!!!!!! You will like your reward if you do a good job!!!