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BIO 212: Principles of Biology Lab

Possible RES Projects

  1. Build two or more identical miniature land or water ecosystems in a large covered jar or aquarium (edible plants, soil, small herbivores, pond water, air, source of light) and then alter one factor in the ecosystem while keeping all other factors constant to see what changes occur.   
  2. Study the behavior (response to a stimulus of some sort – temperature, light, food, etc.) of small, easily managed animals like aquarium fish, hermit crabs, isopods, or annelids.   
  3. Study the population ecology of those same small, easily managed animals placing different densities in habitats and observing their behavior, aspects of their health, etc.  
  4. Study the growth of plants to various environmental factors (light, soil pH, etc.)  
  5. Test the presence of heavy metals such as lead in water of various environmental sources (Upper Klamath Lake, Link River, parking lot puddles, etc.)  
  6. Test the pH of soil in different environments (burned versus unburned; cultivated versus wild area, etc.)