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Ecology- Population Surveying. Teaching transects and quadrats. Understanding. Students need to understand what a transect is and how it is used. They also need to understand what a quadrat is and where to use it.

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Ecology population surveying

Ecology- Population Surveying

Teaching transects and quadrats


Understanding
Understanding

  • Students need to understand what a transect is and how it is used.

  • They also need to understand what a quadrat is and where to use it.

Students using a hoop as a quadrat to collect data on the number of plant species in a heath land area at Wilsons Prom


What is needed
What is needed

  • Where is it appropriate to use these tools?

    • In an Intertidal zone

    • A river environment

    • What do you need?

      • A quadrat (1m x 1m) or a hoop can be used

      • A tape measure (30m or more) to measure the transect


Some questions for the students
Some questions for the students

  • Why are transects important?

  • What are some observations that you will be able to make using a quadrat?

  • What is special about the intertidal zone?

  • What types of plants and animals are you likely to find in the intertidal zone?

Transect line

Quadrat


What students need to know
What students need to know

  • What do students need to know:

    • What a transect is

    • What a quadrat is

    • How to use both together

    • Where to use them

    • Resources:

      • http://www.rockyshores.auz.info/home.htm

      • http://www.mesa.edu.au

      • http://www.reefwatchvic.asn.au/Home.htm


Where is the best location
Where is the best location

  • The best place to use these tools is in an environment that is different from where the students are used to.

  • Camp locations:

    • Queenscliff

    • Wilsons Promontory


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