Ecology Adv. (N-12)
requirements for the Advanced Ecology honor are as follows:
Skill Level 3
- State the first and second laws of thermodynamics and explain
how they are important to ecology.
- Explain the three basic trophic (feeding) levels and give a
good example of a plant or animal for each.
- Explain or diagram the three types of ecological pyramids in
the food web. Give an example of each layer of the pyramid.
- Define the biogeochemical cycle, and explain or diagram all
the basic components the cycle passes through.
- Diagram or explain the basic steps in the flow of energy
through the biotic environment (element) of an ecosystem. Begin
with the sun.
- Explain Liebig's Law of The Minimum and Shelford's Law of
Tolerance, and state how these laws tell us how and why certain
plants and animals become endangered or are eliminated when
their habitat or community gets disturbed or out of balance.
- Choose a biological community in your area, such as a forest
or woods; a swamp, lake or pond; pasture or meadow grassland; or
a canyon or creek woods, that is disturbed or ecologically out
of balance in some way. Make a description of it, including how
an to what extent it is disturbed. Then make recommendations as
to how the community could be improved and, where possible,
follow through and help to improve it in some way.
- Spend a minimum of 20 hours doing active, productive work on
an ecology project in your area. This may be done individually
or as a group. Describe the project in general, but report
specifically on your part in it.
- Define the following terms:
- Raw materials
- Ecological balance
- Limited factor
- Find a Spirit of Prophecy quotation and a Bible text pertinent
to ecology and explain their relevance and application to our
*NOTE: These requirements may be expressed either verbally or
in writing to a youth leader. An instructor is recommended but
not required for this honor. Counsel with your youth leader or
instructor before beginning requirements seven and eight.