Human Effects on Alaskan Wildlife

Contributor :

Sally Murphy

Action Plan

I will take many photographs, document the details of the trip, conduct research through note-taking, observations, and review publications from multiple sources before, during, and after the trip. If possible, I will speak to a researcher (or more than one) while in Alaska, or alternatively, I will inquire about a virtual interview with scientists in the field.

Pre-Departure Preparation

I teach upper level science courses and want to investigate the effects of human interaction on Alaskan wildlife. I plan to research the history of humans and wildlife, particularly in regards to changing climate, technological advancement, and cultural behavior. Through photographic documentation, journaling, and additional research, I will challenge my students to debate the effects of humans on wildlife habitats, benefits and dangers of human interactions on ecosystems, and the steps humanity can take to mitigate potential devastation to the pristine state of wildlife in Alaska. I will utilized various databases, such as the GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility), as well as data from National Park Service and other research organizations to facilitate the debates and research discussions.

Preparation During Travel

I will conduct preliminary research on the issues, collect photographic data while traveling, and compile the findings prior to the lesson presentation.