Biology Data Analysis Question: Measuring Benthic Nutrient Cycling

Biology Data Analysis Question: Measuring Benthic Nutrient Cycling
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This resource is intended for use in an IB Biology class. This data analysis practice question presents data from an open-source scientific journal about measures carbon and nitrogen content from foraminifera in a benthic ecosystem.

This six page question challenges students to read complex graphs, interpret them, and reflect on aspects of experimental design such as sample size. Two extension topics are included. A detailed key is provided that includes a commentary on the answers giving clarification and suggestions for achieving high quality answers.

A Nature of Science connection about the use of radioactive isotopes in science is included in the teacher notes. A short discussion topic and three sources for further research by students is provided.

This resource is stand-alone so only a general knowledge of food web terminology is needed, along with a strong background in mathematical skills required for analyzing data.

For a detailed description of the nature of these questions, including the mathematical skills needed, download my free resource about these data analysis questions.

This work/product/service has been developed independently from and is not endorsed by the International Baccalaureate Organization. International Baccalaureate, Baccalauréat International, Bachillerato Internacional and IB are registered trademarks owned by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

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