Review what you learnt from the Cocoon experience and start your own expedition plan.
Task: as a class, discuss the following:
In pairs, look at your expedition plan.
To access the content you saved during your Cocoon visit, go to the NaturePlus page and enter the number on your barcode during the registration process. Look at the links you collected. What can you use for your plan?
For links to help you finish your plan, select the tab below for the disease you are studying.
In order to justify your trip, you will need to explain why malaria is a problem. Often, scientists have to write to ask for funding, to trusts such as Wellcome or GlaxoSmithKline. Often, pharmaceutical companies fund research into disease. The sort of evidence that could be used as justification would be statistical data, or papers written by other scientists.
Read an abstract of the real scientific paper below. What did the authors find out about the four species of mosquito? You might want to refer to this article in your proposal.
Watch an 8-minute video of Museum scientist Yvonne Linton in the link below and then decide what equipment you will need to pack for the expedition.
Follow the link below to a map of the distribution of different Anopheles species and then choose which species you want to study.
Search on the internet to find out likely costs for travel and medical insurance.
Follow the link below to read a description of a real Museum science project:
Have you chosen a suitable location to gather specimens?
Leishmaniasis has implications for veterinary research as well. Read the project outline above carefully. What could be a problem if sandflies become more prevalent?
Follow the link below and read the news article:
Why might this start to be relevant to wider range of countries?
You will need to do an internet search to find out likely costs for travel and medical insurance.
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