Dr. P's Environmental Science Escapades
Fall Semester

The following organizations may be helpful in your quest for Environmental Science knowledge:
To earn Extra Credit take the linked quizzes below during the appropriate time frame. Score 100% on the quiz. Print the page with your score of 100%, write your name on it, and turn it in at the start of class  during the time period when it is due. To print screen (if you have trouble printing a score box), press "Print  Screen" on the upper right hand of your keyboard, then paste that into a Word document and print. Please  do not email quizzes to me.
Careers in Environmental Science
Energy Flow

Energy Flow

SEV1. Students will investigate the flow of energy and cycling of matter within an ecosystem and relate these phenomena to human society.

b. Relate energy changes to food chains, food webs, and to trophic levels in a generalized ecosystem, recognizing that entropy is a primary factor in the loss of usable food energy during movement up the trophic levels.

c. Relate food production and quality of nutrition to population growth and the trophic levels

d. Relate the cycling of matter and the flow of energy to the Laws of Conservation of matter and energy. Identify the role and importance of decomposers in the recycling process.

Notes & Tutorials

Extra Credit Quizzes & Assignments

Fun Stuff




Food Chains & Webs










Cycling Matter

Cycling Matter

SEV1. Students will investigate the flow of energy and cycling of matter within an ecosystem and relate these phenomena to human society.

a.        Interpret biogeochemical cycles including hydrologic, nitrogen, phosphorus, oxygen, and carbon cycles. Recognize that energy is not recycled in ecosystems.

e.        Distinguish between abiotic and biotic factors in an ecosystem and describe how matter and energy move between these.

Notes & Tutorials

Extra Credit Quizzes & Assignments

Fun Stuff





Captain Carbon ThinkQuest




Water Cycle Animation







Interconnected Systems

Interconnected Systems

SEV2. Students will demonstrate an understanding that the Earth is one interconnected system.

a. Describe how the abiotic components (water, air, and energy) affect the biosphere.

b. Recognize and give examples of the hierarchy of the biological entities of the biosphere (organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems, and biosphere).

c. Characterize the components that define a Biome.

          Abiotic Factors to include precipitation, temperature and soils.

          Biotic Factors plant and animal adaptations that create success in that biome.

d. Characterize the components that define fresh-water and marine systems.

          Abiotic Factors to include light, dissolved oxygen, phosphorus, nitrogen, pH and substrate.

          Biotic Factors plant and animal adaptations characteristic to that system.

Notes & Tutorials

Extra Credit Quizzes & Assignments

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Temperature, Rainfall & Biome Distribution Lab


Aquatic Biomes Links:







Reading & Writing Climatograms

Coral Reef WebQuest1

Coral Reef Web Quest 2


Terrestrial Biomes Links:










1 Biome Project

1 Biome Project Template

8 Biomes Project



Succession & Symbiosis

Succession & Symbiosis

SEV3. Students will describe stability and change in ecosystems.

a. Describe interconnections between abiotic and biotic factors, including normal cyclic fluctuations and changes associated with climatic change (i.e. ice ages).

b. Explain succession in terms of changes in communities through time to include changes in biomass, diversity, and complexity.

c. Explain how succession may be altered by traumatic events.

d. Explain how biotic and abiotic factors influence populations.

e. Describe interactions between individuals (i.e. mutualism, commensalisms, parasitism, predation, and competition).

Notes & Tutorials

Extra Credit Quizzes & Assignments

Fun Stuff






Symbiosis Notes

An Introduction to Symbiosis

More on Symbiosis


Examining the Stages of Succession WS


Primary Glacial Succession Animation