Sonoran Desert Biodiversity

Kimberly Franklin and Lisa Schwartz


This portfolio instructs on Sonoran Desert Biodiversity with two modules: The Arthropod Investigation and the Habitat Investigation. Each module:

Portfolio Pages

Arthropod Investigation

Arthropod Investigation
© 2003 Alex Wild
- Learn how to create pitfall traps for sampling arthropod diversity. - Study microhabitats in your schoolyard. - Learn about biologists who study arthropod diversity.
Backyard Insects of Tucson
© 2006 Alex Wild

Habitat Investigation

Habitat Investigation
© 2007 Glenn Seplak
- Sample arboreal arthropods - Identify of common local bird species - Test the biodiversity sampling effect with real data -Record and Graph data -Analyze diversity data from the Tucson Bird Count And More!
Tucson Bird Count Investigation
© 2006 Steev Hise
Backyard Birds of Tucson
© 2005 Patrick Coin
Reconciliation Ecology
© Bert Lippel

Identification Support

Backyard Birds of Tucson
Backyard Insects of Tucson

Information on the Internet

  • Arthropods in Their Microhabitats  American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Get ready for an ant's eye-view of the world. Students learn techniques for observing, identifying, and classifying arthropods within a microhabitat; they'll also learn how to trap specimens, and how to kill and preserve specimens for further study. Students apply these skills to their own field sites as part of a study of local biodiversity, finding out exactly how biodiverse is each microhabitat within their site, and graphing their findings.
  • Biodiversity Counts  Welcome to Biodiversity Counts! This special resource collection takes students into the field and engages them in life science research: the inventory of plants and arthropods outside their own backdoors. Resources in this collection include lesson plans, profiles of scientists and Museum staff, essays, and Web-based interactives that help students explore, analyze, and apply their field observations.
  • Ecology Explorers  Doing Science in Your Schoolyard. Part of Arizona State University's Global Institute for Sustainability

Learning Information

Education Standards

State Education Standards

AZ State Standards for Science for the Arthropod Investigation

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AZ State Standards for Science for the Habitat Investigation

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About This Page

Kimberly Franklin
University of Arizona

Lisa Schwartz
University of Arizona

Correspondence regarding this page should be directed to Kimberly Franklin at and Lisa Schwartz at

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