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Biodiversity Safari Presentation - 1 Laboratory Symposium: Biodiversity Safari In the last lab, you and your classmates engaged in an exercise to exlore the difference in biodiversity in two different aquatic habitats on campus. Your team engaged in the scientific process by asking a relevant question, making a prediction, devising hypotheses, and formulating an experiment to test your ideas. Any scientific research is useless unless the findings are disseminated to an eager audience, and now comes the culmination of your hard work: the presentation. Each team is responsible for creating a PowerPoint presentation on its experiment, and presenting it to the class for review and critique. Your team should choose an appropriate title for its presentation. In this chapter, you'll find precise instructions for creating an effective presentation, and notes on what should be included. Read this chapter completely before you begin working on your team presentations! Knowing what's required in advance will help you do a better job on the actual lab exercise, and hence, do a better presentation. The Importance of Communication in Science A scientist must be an effective communicator. All the research of a lifetime is of little use if the investigator cannot clearly explain new findings to his or her colleagues. Anyone who has perused a scientific journal knows that these publications require authors to submit their work in a specific format so that readers know what to expect and how to find the information they seek quickly and efficiently. Your presentation of the results of your own experiments in this laboratory should be no different. Your job is to create a streamlined, effective presentation, worthy of a scientific meeting, to present to your colleagues/classmates so that they can critique your work and help you to improve your next scientific endeavor. Scientific papers published in journals are usually composed of a title , abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion and literature cited. These same sections can be used, with some modification, in a Power Point presentation. You have freedom to be creative, but heed the warnings in this outline if you wish to create a truly professional presentation. During the last laboratory, you and your classmates engaged in a hands-on exercise to demonstrate evolution by means of natural selection. In the intervening time until Lab #2, your presentation team should organize your analyzed data, and get a good idea of what you would like to tell your colleagues/classmates about your particular organism's success (or lack thereof) in the competition for resources. For this lab period, you will have approximately 90 minutes to finalize and polish a PowerPoint presentation for your class. Do this as a team. One person should not be doing all the work! You may create an outline, collect and organize text, images and find good background information between the lab exercise and the Symposium Lab, but do not finish the presentation until you come to lab.
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