Topics Explored: Biodiversity, Tragedy of the Commons, Riparian Ecosystems, Claim-Evidence-Reasoning, Percent Change

This case study explores the life history of beavers (Castor canadensis), the largest rodent in North America and one of nature’s greatest ecosystem engineers. This case study also explores the importance of beavers in the foundation of America, their exploitation and population decline, their eventual return, and current conflicts with humans. Answer key included.

Case Study: Beavers (Teacher & Student Edition)

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    (1 Teacher Edition and 1 Student Edition)

  • AP Environmental Science Curriculum Topics: 1.1, 1.3, 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 8.4 
    IB Environmental Systems & Societies Curriculum Topics: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4