Leaf Decomposition – What’s for Lunch?
Leaf decomposition is a major ecological process in stream ecosystems. In this activity, students will investigate the aquatic insects responsible for decomposing leaves in stream ecosystems.
1. Identify the abiotic factors that influence decomposition rates
2. List the steps of the scientific method
Lesson Materials (view or download)
Insect Key 1
Insect Key 2
Leaf Pack Key
decomposition, stream ecology, aquatic invertebrates
Last updated: 3/2/2015