Featured in PASCO’s College Environmental Science Instructor Guide

College Environmental Science Instructor Guide

(PS-3809A)

College Instructor edition with experiments covering introductory and general environmental science topics.

Invasive Species

Lab Summary

Use the light sensor, temperature sensor, GPS position sensor, and My World GIS to collect and analyze field data in order to monitor local invasive species of plants and animals.

**Requires My World GIS License.

Theory

Students collect and analyze field data in order to monitor local invasive species of plants and animals. They also:

  • Identify native and invasive species of plants and insects.
  • Learn standardized procedures that allow investigations to be compared.
  • Use the collected data to determine the population patterns of a species.

Method

Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Using quadrats to measure population numbers of plant and animal species.
  • Collecting temperature, light intensity, and global positioning system (GPS) data in the field.
  • Defining data types for research studies involving multiple groups.
  • Visualizing and analyzing group field data using My World GIS™.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Light Sensor

(PS-2106A)

Features a wide measurable range by offering three light ranges accommodating various different measurement situations. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

PASPORT GPS Position Sensor

(PS-2175)

Collects GPS data simultaneously with other sensor measurements, automatically syncing the data to your latitude, longitude, altitude, and velocity. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

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PASPORT Sensor Extension Cable

(PS-2500)

Allows an additional two meter length extension on all PASPORT sensors.

Materials Used:

Colored tape 
Field guides of native plants and insects in your area
Graph paper 
Pen, pencil, or colored pencils 
Pictures of common invasive species in your area - Several
Ruler 
Spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel®
Tape measure 

The Associated Bundle:

College Environmental Science Sensor Bundle

(PS-2930A)

Contains the probeware needed to perform all 26 experiments in the College Environmental Science instructor guide.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.