NC Science Olympiad
2017 Ecology
Division: B - Middle School
C - High School
NC Standard Course of Study Alignment: 6.L.2, 8.E.1, 8.L.3, Bio.2.1, Bio.2.2
National Event Page: Ecology B
Ecology C

This event is typically done as either stations or as a sit down test, where all the stations have been copied into a test book. Teams will answer questions and be presented with information in the form of pictures, graphs, charts, written descriptions, etc. which they will the be asked to use science process skills to analyze (make calcuations, make hypotheses and predictions, create graphs or charts, etc). The topic for the 2017 tournament season is the ecology and biomes of North America.

Teams MUST bring a writing instrument. Teams may also bring two non-programmable calculators and one 8.5 x 11 two-sided page of notes (in any form). Event leaders will provide copies of the test, and any samples/demonstrations necessary to complete the test.

High score wins. Questions will have pre-assigned point values. Predetermined questions will be used to break ties.

Common Mistakes:

  • - Always, always, always give correct units on calculations!
  • - Make sure if you are asked to draw a web/chain/pyramid that you know which is which.


  • - Be familiar with common terms.
  • - When studying, make a notebook. Have different sections for general, taiga, and tundra topics. The areas within each topic that can be covered are clearly defined in the official rules. Remember, approximately 1/3 of the event will be general ecology, 1/3 will focus on tundra, tiaga, and deciduous forests and 1/3 will focus on human impacts.

Event Resources:
Quick Overview from 2016 Clinic (2017 Rules)
2011 Ecology training notes
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute - North American Biomes
Major Biomes of North America
Biomes of North America
Biomes Series
Rule of 70 and calculating growth in a population

Sample Events:
2017 National Test Example Div B
2017 National Test Example Div C
2010 Regional Event (Grasslands and Taiga)
2009 Regional Test (Desert and Grassslands)

Pictures and Video:

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