Resources for Teaching about Biogeochemical Cycles
Educators! Are you looking for a way to get your students thinking about the Earth as an interconnected system? If so, consider introducing them to biogeochemical cycles. Through these cycles of the Earth system, such as the carbon and nitrogen cycles, elements travel between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere. Learning about these cycles gives students an understanding of some of the connections between "spheres" of the Earth system!
The resources below are from Windows to the Universe and our partners. We hope you find them useful as you include Earth system science in your classroom!
- Educational resources from Windows to the Universe
- 90-Second Podcasts Produced by the National Science Foundation
- Classroom Activities from Windows to the Universe
- Profiles of Scientists who Study Biogeochemical Cycles
at the National Center for Atmospheric Research
- Geoffrey Tyndall studies atmospheric chemistry of molecules containing carbon such as those from vegetation or fossil fuels
- Joan Kleypas researches how carbon dioxide affects coral reefs
- Britton Stephens builds instruments that he and other scientists can use to study the global carbon cycle
- Beth Holland studies the link between the chemistry of the atmosphere and ecosystems on Earth
- Peter Thornton looks at interactions between different biogeochemical species (such as carbon and nitrogen) and Earth's climate system
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