In the Classroom
Ryan Hill and Raphael
(Rafi) Mazor began working with Rebecca (Becky)
Robinson's AP Environmental Education class in late September. After introducing students
to the concept that biodiversity is everywhere, even
on their own school campus, the focus turned
to how scientists study biodiversity. Once the students grasped some essentials of classification,
Ryan and Rafi drew upon their interest and expertise in entomology to have students collect and
observe insects. This was a great way to familiarize students with important
concepts in evolution and adaptation that could then be applied to plants as well. Although a
construction plan at Richmond High (e.g., leveling of a potential study site) disrupted a few of
their biodiversity study plans, students still had an opportunity to take a look at insect
biodiversity on their campus and to use data from field trips (see below) to look at ways to
measure biodiversity richness and abundance.
The Richmond High team began their investigation into vertebrates just as the winter semester
came to an end.
Insect curation lesson
Richmond-Sierra Transect Field Trip, October 14, 2005:
Students traveled to the Sierra Tahoe National Forest, stopping at different elevations along the
way to study how communities of plants and animals change with increasing elevation and a changing
Students rest atop a granite boulder after sampling trees at the Pacific Crest Trailhead.
Berkeley Natural History Museums and Berkeley Aquatic Park visit, November 30, 2005
Briones Regional Park Field Trip, February 16, 2006: An
exploration into the diversity of salamanders in the East Bay.
May 13th Celebration: In celebration of their year's achievements, the
students of Richmond High School prepared PowerPoint presentations and posters representing the activities of
the year. Students shared field trip experiences and results of school projects. We thank
Rebecca Robinson and her
students for a wonderful year.
2004-2005 RHS activities
2003-2004 RHS activities