8.03 Lab: Microbiology, biology homework help

Lab: Biodiversity — Microbiology


The theme of this lab is microbiology, a very broad topic that covers viruses, bacteria, archeans, and the majority of protists.


  1. Explore and report on a specific kingdom of “microorganisms.”
  2. Develop and present a virtual poster to be presented at your class’ online virtual presentation session.

Time Requirements:

This lab should take four hours to complete.

Recording Your Observations:

Click here to download the lab report for this lab, where you’ll record your hypotheses, observations, and conclusions.


  1. Visit http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/exhibits/historyoflife.php History of Life on Earth, University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology. Click the diagram of the three domains, and then follow to the Systematics link for a group you desire to begin researching for this lab.
  2. Visit a number of websites (a few starters are listed below) that deal with the great diversity, and biological, ecological and economic impact of microorganisms to life on earth and human society. Gather (and cite!) information and images to allow you to prepare a poster or PowerPoint presentation.
  3. In your poster or PowerPoint presentation, you will need to detail the classification of the group of creatures you are detailing.
  4. Required elements include: the time of first occurrence, fossil record (if any), economic and societal impact of the group, and its evolutionary importance (for example the green algae are not terribly important save as a stem group for the evolution of plants).

Example sites:


http://www.tolweb.org/tree/ Tree of Life Web Project. Maintained by scientists and collaborators, this site organizes over 5000 web pages about the classification and relationships of the domains and other taxonomic groups.

http://evolution.berkeley.edu/ Links for Systematics. This site compiles many links to aid your research.

Lab: Microbiology

Submit your completed lab to the Lab: Microbiology assignment link for grading. For more information on how this lab will be graded, please review the rubric in the lab report form linked above.

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