Meh, I've had the largest love-hate relationship with this event. It's an insanely broad topic, so they can basically put topics on the test that you've never heard/read anything about. And all of the event supervisors have different ideas on whether it should be a pure knowledge event, application event (which the rules say it's supposed to be), or one where it was all analyzing graphs. And all of this makes the results go up in the air and the winner end up whoever views the event closest to how the event supervisor at that tournament views it. Among the years I've gotten 1st and 11th at regionals, 1st and 10ths at state, and 4th and 15th at nats, and I've gotten my best result (4th at nats) with the least amount of study. Go figure.
Now that I'm done ranting...It is a great event that I absolutely love when it's done right. It goes along with Disease in being one of the greatest study events because it teaches to apply process skills to problems rather than just memorization. And it also needs more difficult math concepts to be better.
Events: Ecology, Herpetology, Cell Bio, Entomology, Sounds of Music, Circuit Lab, Chem Lab, Disease Detective, Dynamic Planet, Five Star, EggONaut, Enviro Chemistry, Fermi, Quantum Quandaries!
Nationals: Wichita: Ecology-4, Entomology-5, Team-11; DC: Sounds-1, Team-11