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Topics Explored: Human Activities Impact on Biodiversity, Conservation of Biodiversity

This case study explores how and why cervids (deer, elk, moose, reindeer) are suffering from the fatal neurodegenerative Chronic Wasting Disease that is sweeping through North America and Europe. It is so contagious among cervids. In this case study we answer the questions... Can it spread to humans and how do we protect the biodiversity of cervids? Answer key included.

Case Study: Chronic Wasting Disease (Teacher & Student Edition)

  • ZIP file containing 2 PDF files 
    (1 Teacher Edition and 1 Student Edition)

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
    HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.

    AP® Environmental Science Learning Objectives:
    9.10 Explain how human activities affect biodiversity and strategies to combat the problem.

    AP® Environmental Science Practices:
    1: Explain environmental concepts, processes, and models presented in written format. 
    2: Analyze visual representations of environmental concepts and processes. 
    3: Analyze sources of information about environmental issues. 
    4: Analyze research studies that test environmental principles. 
    5: Analyze and interpret quantitative data represented in tables, charts, and graphs.
    6: Apply quantitative methods to address environmental concepts.
    7: Propose and justify solutions to environmental problems.

    IB Environmental Systems Learning Objectives:
    3.2 Environmental change gives new challenges to species, which drives the evolution of diversity.
    3.3 While global biodiversity is difficult to quantify, it is decreasing rapidly due to human activity.Classification of species conservation status can provide a useful tool in the conservation ofbiodiversity.
    3.4 There are various approaches to the conservation of biodiversity, each with associated strengths andlimitations.

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