Teaching Resources- Island Biodiversity Past to Future

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island fox 

Scientists are fascinated by evidence that Channel Island people have been interacting with island foxes for more than 7,000 years. Photo by Rene Vellanoweth, California State University Los Angeles. 

STEM Subject: Island Biodiversity Past to Future 

National Middle School Science Standards Earth Science, Life Science 

Key Terms: archaeology, biodiversity, coastal ecosystem, Native American, climate change, Holocene period

Key Concepts:

  • Human impacts on island and coastal biodiversity 
  • Changes in ecosystems over time
  • Shifting baselines of biodiversity 
  • Impacts of human activities on ecology 
  • Technology used by archaeologists 

 Resource Types:


Webcast (video) and Podcast (audio) Shows

Printable Lessons

Online Activities

Science Literacy Resources 

Middle School Level

High School Level 

Gifted Readers




The Island Biodiversity teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:

MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

  • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.

MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations
  • MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.


People, Places, and Environments

  • The study of people, places, and environments enables us to understand the relationship between human populations and the physical world.  
  • During their studies, learners develop an understanding of spatial perspectives, and examine changes in the relationship between peoples, places and environments.