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Making the Case

Using Case Studies to Increase Quantitative Biology Skills

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  • learn how to use data-driven modules in undergraduate life science courses
  • customize and implement newly designed educational modules from a wide range of biological topics
  • participate in biweekly virtual sessions to collaborate with and support others in the network and receive mentoring


Final Products

Selection and the Blond Beach Mouse

Jay Owen Sandal

Version: 1.0 Adapted From: Selection and the Blond Beach Mouse v1.0

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science- this "clicker" case study explores ultimate and proximate explanations for cryptic coloration in animals.
introductory, Teaching material, Undergraduate

How Many More Thymes & Herbivore Defense

Sheryl Konrad, Angela Dassow

Version: 1.0 Adapted From: How Many More Thymes? A Case of Phytochemical Defense v1.0

Adaptations to the How Many More Thymes? case study featuring terpene-based herbivore defense and pollinator attraction in Nicotiana plants.
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science- In the adaptation exercise, students explore connections between saltmarsh sparrow declines and declining populations of local species that live on or near their campus.
Teaching Notes on the Exaggerated Traits and Breeding Success in Widowbirds

The Evolution of Human Skin Color

Katie Northcutt

Version: 1.0 Adapted From: The Evolution of Human Skin Color v1.0

My teaching notes for the Evolution of Human Skin Color case study.
videos, module, sustainability, Evolution, plant physiology, Excel, Resources @ ESA - TIEE, Numbers, rates, textbook, NetLogo, agent-based modeling, Exponents, Logarithms, Ratios, exponential equations, assessment, Individual & Agent Based Modeling, Activity, climate change, bioinformatics, Algebra, genomics, global change, Interpreting Data, abiotic environment, in-class activity, problem set, molecular evolution, youtube, Sequences, Worksheet, Lesson Plan, interdisciplinary education, Natural Selection, DNA, Introduction to Modeling, Probability & Statistics, uniprot, Primary, Upper Primary, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Possible Tasks, Proper Fractions, Whole Numbers & Place Value, Trigonometry, Representing Data, Estimate, Infer, Summer Workshop 2018, Resources @ ESTEEM, Skin pigmentation, skin color, vitamin D, vitamin B folate, ultraviolet light, UV light, Cell Structure, OpenStax, Cell Growth, geometric equations, sine waves, introductory, Study guide, Poster, Teaching material, Lecture, High School, Reference material, Abstract, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, Less than 1 hour, Workshop material