The Rainforest and the Scientist
If you were to find an area of Earth to study, you would discover that there are many different things that could be researched. If you tried to study them all, it would take a long time to be successful. Scientists have chosen to specialize. Each scientist studies a specific part of the research area. By sharing the information that each discovers, the area becomes better understood than if just one scientist was trying to learn about.
Your mission is to research multiple ways that different scientists can investigate the same area. The area you are to investigate is "The Rainforest."
What is the Rainforest like?
The tropical rainforest is perhaps the most studied area of Earth. Tropical rainforests characteristically have the greatest variety of living species of any area of Earth. Tropical rainforests occur near the equator. The temperature varies little throughout the year. Precipitation is heavy and the soils are poor.
Below is a list of possible scientists you may choose to use along with a short description about each. Click on the scientist name to get the information you need to determine their field of study as it relates to the rainforest.
Sociologist - A scientist who studies rainforest's societies and their culture.
Environmentalist - A scientist who studies environmental impact in the rain forest ecosystem.
Cartographer - Maps the rainforests of the world.
Zoologist - A scientist who studies the animals of the rainforest.
Meteorologist - A scientist who studies the weather of the rainforest.
Botanist - A scientist who studies the plants of the rainforest.
Research the people of the rainforest. Explain their cultures. Research and talk about the geography of the rainforest biome. Draw and color a world map of the locations of the rainforests people and their homes around the world.
Research the environmental problems of the rainforest. Draw and color a world map to show the location of rainforests of the world. If possible, indicate on the map how rainforest sizes are changing. Suggest possible solutions to the environmental problems of the rainforest.
Research, draw and color a world map that shows the location of the rainforests of the world. In your report, describe what the rainforest soil is like. Explain what conditions characterize a rainforest. Describe the different canopy layers of the rainforest.
Research the many animal species of the rainforest. Be sure to describe the level of the rainforest canopy that is their home. Next, describe and diagram a typical food chain in the rainforest. What is the most unique rainforest animal?
Research the climate of the rainforest. Include in your report the temperature and precipitation information. Next, include a graph that shows the yearly change in temperature and a graph that shows the yearly change in precipitation for at least one rainforest.
Research the many species of rainforest plants. Describe at least two rainforest plants that have medicinal purposes. In your research project, describe and diagram a rainforest food chain with some plants and animals. Next, list the layers of the rainforest canopy and describe the plant life in each layer.
Designing your report:
Now that you have learned about the rainforest, choose another area of the world that you would be interested in studying. This could be a desert, arctic tundra, coniferous forest, or deciduous forest.