Changing Hudson Project

The Changing Hudson Project curriculum was developed by scientists and educators at Cary to help students understand how the Hudson River changes over time. By collaborating with teachers, scientists, and management agencies, the curriculum has grown to include a wide range of topics that engage students with visualizations, readings, investigations, and actual scientific data.

Ecosystems in Action: Population & Community Dynamics

Grades: 
9-12
6-8
Topic(s): 
Water
Biodiversity
Nutrients & Energy
Nature of Science

How do populations change in the Hudson River ecosystem, and how do these changes affect the larger ecological community?  Using video, data, and hands-on investigations, students will explore how food webs and the abiotic resources and conditions of the ecosystem have changed in response to the zebra mussel invasion.  This case study allows students to understand community level changes, which they can then apply to other systems.  

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