SGI: Student Activity Links Third Edition

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Science & Global Issues Student Links

Select any unit below:

Sustainability: Changing Human Impact
Ecology: Living on Earth
Cells: Improving Global Health
Genetics: Feeding the World
Evolution: Managing Change

Link to Science as a Human Endeavor Student Resource Page

Sustainability: Changing Human Impact

Activity 1: Changing Landscapes (Extension)

Tree Cover Changes in American South

Activity 2: Measuring Human Impact (Engineering Extension)

Digital Innovations to Improve Soil Health

Technology and Agriculture

Natural Resource Management and Technology

Technology: The Future of Agriculture

Ecology: Living on Earth

Activity 1: Establishing a Baseline

Wild Rice Quadrat Sampling Simulation

Eating Urchins

Climate Change Threatens Wild Rice

Activity 2: Population Growth Models

Population Dynamics Simulation

Activity 3: Factors Affecting Population Size

Song Sparrow Simulation

eBird Essentials: A new world of birding

It’s Black Birders Week. Here are 7 leaders to follow online

New group seeks to bring diversity to birding

Activity 4: Scaling Up: Ecosystems

Study Identifies Whale Blow Microbiome

Bacteria Help Corals Survive When They Get Into Hot Water?

Activity 5: Patterns of Biological Diversity

Mapping the World’s Biodiversity

Activity 8: Life in the Dark

Deep Ocean Education Project

How Giant Tube Worms Survive at Hydrothermal Vents | I Contain Multitudes

Activity 9: Modeling Energy Flow in Ecosystems

J-Pod returns to Salish Sea after ‘unprecedented’ 108-day absence – Victoria Times Colonist

Activity 12: Rebalancing the Equation?

Extension Re: Carbon Emissions and COVID Pandemic

Temporary reduction in daily global CO2 emissions during the COVID-19 forced confinement | Nature Climate Change

COVID-19 caused the biggest drop in carbon emissions ever – how can we make it last? Podcast

Biggest carbon dioxide drop: Real-time data show COVID-19’s massive impact on global emissions — ScienceDaily

Plunge in carbon emissions from lockdowns will not slow climate change

Extension Re: Engineering and Addressing Climate Change

What is Climate Engineering? | Union of Concerned Scientists

Can Engineering Change Our Climate for the Better? Part 1 – ASME

Geoengineer the Planet? More Scientists Now Say It Must Be an Option – Yale E360Worlds

Biggest Carbon Removal Machine

Activity 14: The Great Lakes Ecosystem

Great Lakes Research Links

The Story
Asian Carp: Threats to the Lower Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River?
Asian carp: how one fish could ruin the Great Lakes
Asian Carp in the Great Lakes
Great Lakes Invasive Species: 180 and Counting
Great Lakes Fishery Commission – Asian Carp
Asian Carp & the Great Lakes

What would happen to the ecosystem?
New Study Finds Asian Carp Threat to Lake Michigan Is Greater Than Previously Thought
Asian Carp Would Have Adequate Food to Survive in Lake Michigan
Asian carp have never breached a body of freshwater the size of Lake Michigan. Here’s the bizarre way they could survive and thrive in the world’s fifth largest lake.
Invasive carp fueled by mussel poop could spread across Lake Michigan
Asian carp may cause Lake Erie fish to decline
Facts About Invasive Bighead and Silver Carps

Detection and mitigation efforts (including cost)
Asian carp DNA found in Lake Calumet, only 7 miles from Lake Michigan
Asian Carp Risk Assessment : Great Lakes Region
Great Lakes Fishery Commission Eforum
Asian Carp Control
Keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes will cost billions and take decades
Stopping Asian Carp
Assessment of Asian carp in Illinois waterways

Economic impact on Fisheries

Socio-Economic Impact of the Presence of Asian Carp in the Great Lakes Basin
Great Lakes Fishery Commission – The Fishery
Asian Carp and the Great Lakes Region


Carp Advance
Facial Technology will move good fishes over levies, and stop Asian Carp from getting into the Great Lakes
Sailing Drones Collect Data for Great Lakes Fishery Research | US Geological Survey

Evaluating Websites

Evaluating Websites video

Activity 15: Overfishing: Is Aquaculture a Solution?

Aquaculture Methods


Aquaponics | Alternative Farming Systems Information Center | NAL | USDA
Hooked on Aquaponics | USDA
Classroom Aquaponics Instructional Video
Classroom Aquaponics System (small-scale)

Activity 16: Sustainable Fisheries Case Studies

Population Dynamics Simulation – Logistic Growth Model

Cells: Improving Global Health

Activity 3: Homeostasis Disrupted

Extension 2

Asthma and Homeostasis

Blood Pressure and Homeostasis

Immune Response and Homeostasis

Activity 6: Specialized Cells and Disease

Extension 1

SEPUP Simulation: What Do Specialized Cells Do?

Extension 2

What Are Proteins?

Activity 7: Medical Treatment and Homeostasis


Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work

U.S. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): COVID-19 COVID-19 Science Updates

U.S. National Institutes of Health: COVID-19 News and Stories

World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

Activity 9: Global Nutrition

Procedure Step 5

Procedure Step 9


John Hopkins University’s Center for a Livable Future: The Connections between Diet, People, and Planet

Activity 13: Feeding the World’s Population

Columbia University’s Earth Institute: How climate change will alter our food

Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations: The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World

U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency): Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Food Supply

Activity 15: Energy for Life

SEPUP Simulation: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Simulation

Genetics: Feeding the World

Activity 1: Superweeds: Where Did They Come From? (Extension)

Attack of the Superweeds

Will Rising Temperatures Make Superweeds Even Stronger?

International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds

Australia Might Have the Answer to Herbicide Resistant Superweeds

Activity 2: Creating Genetically Modified Bacteria (Engineering Extension)

First Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Released in the United States

The U.S.’s First Open-Air Gentically Modified Mosquitoes Have Taken Flight

CDC Information Sheet: Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

Activity 3: Mitosis and Asexual Reproduction

SEPUP Simulation: Mitosis and Meiosis

Click on the link above to go to the Mitosis and Meiosis simulation.

Activity 7: Protein Synthesis: Transcription and Translation

SEPUP Simulation: Protein Synthesis

Click on the link above to go to the Protein Synthesis simulation.

mRNA Vaccines–A New Era in Vaccinology

Understanding mRNA COVID Vaccines

How Moderna’s Vaccine Works

Activity 8: Cell Differentiation and Gene Expression (Extension)

What is Epigenetics?


Epigenetics Research News

Human Genome is Much More than Just Genes

A Turn Off for Mom or Dad

Activity 11: Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction

SEPUP Simulation: Mitosis and Meiosis

Click on the link above to go to the Mitosis and Meiosis simulation.

Activity 13: Which Plant is Genetically Modified (Extension)

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Fact Sheet

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Understanding COVID-19 PCR Testing

Activity 15: Benefits and Trade-offs of Genetically Modified Organisms (Engineering Extension)

Diseases CRISPR Could Cure

A Gene-Editing Experiment Lets Those Patients with Vision Loss See Color Again

Three People with Inherited Diseases Successfully Treated with CRISPR

Can CRISPR Cure Sickle Cell Disease

Evolution: Managing Change

Activity 1: Changing Environments

Extension: The effects of El Niño on human evolution

Newly discovered African ‘climate seesaw’ drove human evolution

How El Niño climate phenomena helped create humanity

Paleo-ENSO influence on African environments and early modern humans

Activity 4: Genetic Diversity

Cystic Fibrosis/Tuberculosis Simulation

Extension: Engineering Connection: how genetic engineering is being used to treat Cystic Fibrosis

Gene Editing for Cystic Fibrosis

Gene therapy could offer an inclusive cure for cystic fibrosis

New CRISPR/Cas9 technique corrects cystic fibrosis in cultured human stem cells

Activity 6: Increasing Time Scales

Extension 1: the phylogeny and evolution of Anole species

Anole Speciation Video
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– Streaming

Caribbean lizards show that evolution repeats itself

Lookalike Lizards and the Predictability of Evolution

Extension 2: Continuing evolution of Anoles

Rapid evolution of a native species following invasion by a congener

Florida Lizards Show that Evolutionary Change can be Rapid

Exploring Evolution to Predict Future Biodiversity

Activity 8: The Anthropocene

Are We Living in the Sixth Extinction?
Video from PBS (9 minutes)

Sixth Mass Extinction In Earth’s History Underway; Scientists Say Humans To Blame
Secondary Source, The Weather Channel

18 signs we’re in the middle of a 6th mass extinction
Secondary Source, Business Insider

Sixth Mass Extinction of Wildlife Accelerating- Study
Secondary Source,

Earth Is Not in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction
Secondary Source, The Atlantic

Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction
Primary Source, Science Advances

Vertebrates on the brink as indicators of biological annihilation and the sixth mass extinction
Primary Source, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


Four Species That Went Extinct This Century Because of Forest Loss

Activity 9: Evidence and the Theory of Evolution

Evidence for Evolution

Evidence Supporting Biological Evolution

Activity 11: The Evolution of Resistance

How Did Resistance Evolve?

Extension: Engineering Connection

Activity 14: Mitigating Change

Salmon Simulation