Becoming an ecologist

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Amy is an ecologist working with the Forestry Commission. Amy is very frank in the video about her school history, describing her school reports as "less than shiny", and the video conveys how applied scientific research focuses her naturally curious nature.

In the video Amy describes how she writes computer code to interrogate the databases of ecological information that she builds, so this is a good illustration of the varied skills involved in STEM roles, and the importance of a strong grounding in statistics for biological researchers. The video could perhaps be used with some key stage 3 students, although with either key stage 3 or 4 it will be necessary to clarify what is meant by 'geographic information systems'

This film would support the use of this Science and Plants at Schools (SAPS) activity  for comparing species diversity in two local habitats.

Curriculum links include biodiversity, species, ecology, habitats, ecosystems

 

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