Ecosystem Impact: Thrive, Survive, or Demise?

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Cost: £100

Duration: 3

Subject: Science

Numbers: 20

Level: KS4

Adults: One adult per 15 students

Session Summary

What impact do humans have on biodiversity? How can we measure the abundance and diversity of species within a habitat? How do scientists assess changes in biodiversity after a major event?

Students will take on the role of research scientists and will carry out an independent research project to evaluate the changes in biodiversity in one of four distinct habitats over a 10 year period. Using the Museum’s fantastic collection, this workshop enables students to practice their scientific investigative skills, including experimental planning, making a hypothesis, analysing and interpreting data and drawing conclusions. Students will share their research group’s findings in the style of a ‘scientific conference’, by creating and presenting a scientific poster to their peers. The workshop provides students with an engaging and memorable experience which directly supports the skills required in KS4 controlled assessments.

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This session is delivered by a current PhD researcher from the University of Manchester allowing pupils to also find out more about university life.There is a 15 minute break during the session.


Session Outcomes

Pupils will:

  • Explore the relationship between humans and natural world
  • Examine in detail a particular habitat (Alpine, rainforest, steppe grasslands and woodland) including the variety of living things that live within it and their adaptations
  • Classify living things using taxonomic classification methods
  • Learn about different research methods and techniques used to assess biodiversity
  • Find out about current scientific research within The University of Manchester
  • Understand how to prepare and present a scientific poster
  • Interpret scientific data and present it
  • Use museums gallery and objects to stimulate ideas and thinking
  • Use the physical features of an animal to classify and decide in which habitat it lives
  • Use real specimens to make scientific interpretations
  • Make a hypothesis based on a set of scientific data
  • Identify and plan an experimental strategy
  • Analyse and interpret a set of raw scientific data
  • Present data and conclusions in the format of a scientific poster
  • Orally present the results to peers
  • Critically evaluate the investigative process
  • Be inspired by the beauty and variety of the natural world

Gallery Time

During this workshop students will visit our Extinction or Survival? temporary exhibition (21st October 2016 – 20th April 2017) or our Living Worlds gallery.

If you are planning to spend time exploring other galleries at the Museum after your session please tell us this when you complete our “Make a Booking” form, below.

Make a Booking

If you are unsure whether this session would be suitable for your group, please speak with our bookings coordinator on 0161 275 2630 or email



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