Presentation on theme: "Arctic ecosystem example"— Presentation transcript:
1 Arctic ecosystem example Concept MappingArctic ecosystem example
2 Concept MapsVisual road maps that depict known or suggested relationships between ideas.Idea/inforelationshipIdea/infoexamplesForexampleDairy productstypically represents ideas and information as boxes or circles, which it connects with labeled arrowsMeat/FishREQUIRECAUSECONTRIBUTESFruits/Veges
3 Concept Maps can help you: You have a broad interest1. Hone in on your scientific question2. Provide context for your scientific question,and organize and structure your Introduction3. Develop hypotheses to test4. Determine methodology required to test hypothesesYou need a questionYou have a questionYou need broad context
4 AMAZONIAN RAINFORESTS 1. Honing in on your scientific questionBirdsAMAZONIAN RAINFORESTSHABITATcritical togiveArthropodsAMAZONIANRAINFORESTMammals?+/-Olinguito!!!such as
5 2. Honing in on your scientific question (another approach)Arctic tundra is becoming Shrubbier!Arctic tundra is becoming shrubbier!+-Missing grey arrows of relationships other people didn’t even think about!???(taken from Myers-Smith et al. 2011)
6 Who cares ? 2. Providing context for your scientific question (for your Introduction)Does the presence ofcaribou inhibit/promoteshrub dominance inArctic tundra?Question on a silver platter or you happen to have oneWhy on EARTH should any body careYou need broader context to justify your study, but also to provide relevant background information.Who cares ?(start reading!)
7 Does the presence of caribou inhibit/promote Arctic climate warming fastAbiotic & biotic responses are acutethermokarst fire regimes growing season lengthveg productivity woody shrub dominanceenergy balance carbon sink/source alters wildlife habitatnutrient cycling thaw depth snow distributionfor examplecausingFeeds back toClimateForcing!Caribou are the main largeherbivore in northern AlaskaTrample Forage Fertilizeimpacts+/- ?contribute towhich impactsDoes the presence of caribou inhibit/promoteshrub dominance in Arctic tundra?
8 3. Development of Hypotheses +/- ?Shrub dominanceunderstoryvegetationdamageshrubbranchesIncrease nutrientavailability forall speciesfertilizeshrubspeciesforageunderstory4. Determine Methods
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