This study gives students the opportunity to measure woodland
productivity in a representative Mediterranean ecosystem. Students will
determine the biomass of two species, the Aleppo Pine and Holm Oak, at sites
with different altitude, slope aspect, soil type, and micro-climate. Data will
be compared between sites, and students will draw conclusions about how
environmental factors affect woodland productivity. Students will become
familiar with a variety of sampling methods, including the quadrats, line
transects and belt transects. Follow-up analysis can include a range of
statistical techniques, including standard deviation, Student's t-test and
Spearman's Rank Correlation.
This study requires one full day.