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Saving Endangered Species: Zoos, Museums and Biodiversity Data

Rhea Ewing, Sinlan Poo, Anna Monfils

Version: 1.2

Meet Sinlan (Sheila) Poo who works with amphibians at the Memphis Zoo. Learn about Sinlan's research in applied conservation and how they use biodiversity data to study endangered species.
endangered species, amphibians, Biodiversity data usage, Applied Conservation, Zoo
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04.2024
Meet Dr. Rachel Hackett, a conservation plant biologist at the Michigan Natural Features Inventory.  We learn about Rachel's job and the restoration of threatened and endangered species. Rachel provides some examples of "new" populations and students discuss ways to determine if the population is a remnant or introduced population. 
digital resources, endangered species, conservation science, Plant Resilience, plant biodiversity, data skills
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04.2024

Rescuing Data: Preserving Data for the Future

Rhea Ewing, Diane Srivastava, Anna Monfils

Version: 1.0

Meet Diane Srivastava, director of the Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution, and learn how they sythesize and save biodiversity data.
metadata, digital data, data skills, Biodiversity Science
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102
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01.2024

Sorting through the Data

Rhea Ewing, Thomas McElrath, Anna Monfils

Version: 1.0

Meet Thomas McElrath, a insect collection manager at the Illinois Natural History Survey and beetle researcher. Tommy explains the value of data standards while discussing beetles and variations in sex.
data standards, sex, data skills, Biodiversity data usage
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01.2024

Mapping New Discoveries: iNaturalist and Biodiversity Data

Rhea Ewing, Lauren Esposito, Anna Monfils

Version: 1.0

Meet Lauren Esposito, the Curator of Arachnology at the California Academy of Sciences. Learn how they use community science to inform new species discovery.
endangered species, #iNaturalist, Biodiversity data usage
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01.2024

Mysterious Occurrences Instructors Notes

Rhea Ewing, Rachel Hackett, Anna Monfils

Version: 1.0

Answer Key associated with Mysterious Occurrences Module
digital resources, Biodiversity, conservation science, Plant Resilience
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01.2024

Biogeography of Hantavirus Hosts

Jocelyn Colella, Marlon E. Cobos

Version: 1.0

Using QGIS, this module introduces students to zoonotic pathogens, host biogeography, the "One Health" concept, forming hypothesis, and natural history museums within the Hantavirus system.
human-environmental interactions, mammals, biogeography, hypothesis formulation, digitized natural history collections, human health, QGIS, zoonotic diseases, one health, rodents, Pathogens
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08.2023

Building Biodiversity Datasets for Invasive Species

Sara Hansen, Anna Monfils, Debra Linton

Version: 3.0

A module guiding students through the process of mapping biodiversity data and building a biodiversity dataset to study the spread and impacts of the invasive aquatic plant species, European frog-bit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae L.). 
Management Of Data, natural history, Field research, conservation ecology, Aquatic invasive species, biodiversity informatics
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08.2023
This is a collection of resources focusing on GUIDs (Globally Unique Identifiers) on what they are, what role they play in digital natural history collections, and how to incorporate them in research based work.
idigbio, Study guide, data management, natural history collections, BLUE, digitized natural history collections, identifiers
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05.2023

Sin Nombre Hantavirus in the US

Helen Wearing, Jocelyn Colella, Joseph Cook, Anna Monfils, Alejandra Camacho, Ana Lazar, Filipe Souza-Gudinho

Version: 1.0

A module guiding students through the review of different biodiversity data sources to identify patterns in the distribution of the Sin Nombre Hantavirus in the United States. English, Spanish, and Portuguese versions included.
infectious diseases, public health, natural history collections, Wildlife Disease, digitized natural history collections, english, Spanish, zoonotic diseases, hantavirus, MEPA, Portuguese, translated
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05.2023

Mutualism and Coevolution of Agave and Bats

Anna Monfils, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

In this module, students will investigate the mutualistic relationship between Agave its bat pollinators and the effects of coevolution on the morphological adaptations of the species involved.
1.5K
145
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07.2022

Coloring and Keying Great Lakes Trees

Celeste Dufour

Version: 1.0

In this set of activities, you will use the Michigan Trees Coloring book to learn and practice plant identification. You will also simulate some of the steps of specimen preparation by keying an d labeling your plant “specimens”.
Biodiversity, taxonomy, Herbaria, natural history education
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02.2022

Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Natural History

Anna Monfils, Debra Linton

Version: 2.0

In this module, students will explore Western Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge and review a case study of how the TEK of the Inuit provided a way of knowing and understanding the biology of the bowhead whale in the Alaskan arctic.
Traditional ecological knowledge, Understanding Science, Bowhead Whale
1.1K
319
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06.2021

Biodiversity, Big Data, and the Fossil Record

Joshua Zimmt, Lisa White

Version: 1.0

In this lab, we will be making and testing hypotheses about how the biodiversity of groups of organisms may vary through time.
digital resources, natural history museums, paleobiology
2.4K
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02.2021
In this lab, you will explore the diversity of flower and fruit adaptations that have evolved to accomplish pollination and seed dispersal and you will investigate the coevolution of angiosperms and their pollinators.
digital resources, pollination biology, natural history collections, Floral Diversity
2.0K
462
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02.2021

Introduction to R with Biodiversity Data

Shelly Gaynor

Version: 1.0

Students will learn R basics while downloading biodiversity data from multiple data repositories. This module will walk students through installing R, navigating R,writing reproducible scripts in R, and using R to download biodiversity data.
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12.2020
The research uses natural history collection data to explore a potential phenological shift between an orchid that employs sexual deception and a solitary bee.
pollination biology, Climate change and phenology, digitized natural history collections, Pseudocopulation
1.3K
809
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12.2020
Access and clean an open source herbarium dataset using Excel or RStudio.
Excel, data in the classroom, RStudio, biodiversity informatics, natural history collections, Herbaria, Data cleaning
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07.2020

Cleaning Biodiversity Data: Excel

Debra Linton, Molly Phillips

Version: 1.0

Access and clean an open source polar bear dataset using Excel.
data in the classroom, biodiversity informatics, Data cleaning
2.5K
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06.2020

The Power of Data Standards

Michaeleen Gerken Golay, Darlene Panvini, Molly Phillips, Heather Susanne Zimbler-DeLorenzo

Version: 1.0

Investigate data standards within the context of the Alpine Chipmunk and the Grinnell Study.
data in the classroom, data standards, digitized natural history collections, BLUE Fall 2019 FMN, Grinnell
1.8K
504
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05.2020

Following the Data

Anna Monfils, Debra Linton, Molly Phillips, Libby Ellwood

Version: 1.0

The video and exercise provides insight into how researchers are using digital data resources to investigate biodiversity in prairie fen wetlands.
data in the classroom, process of science, biodiversity informatics
3.0K
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05.2020

Louse Genetics, Genomics, and Gene Function...Oh My!

Anna Monfils, Julie Allen, Brad W Goodner, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

In this module, students will be investigating a louse gene with an unknown function to determine if it might be important in the evolution of the louse ecomorphs.
parasites, genomics, gene sequence analysis, Functional Genomics
1.4K
608
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04.2020

Birds and Lice: Reciprocal Natural Selection

Anna Monfils, Julie Allen, Brad W Goodner, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

This exercise investigates the form and function of lice and their relationship to their bird host.
Biodiversity, parasites, birds, Coevolution, natural history collections
1.6K
610
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04.2020

Louse and Human Coevolution

Anna Monfils, Julie Allen, Brad Goodner, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

This module examines the complicated co-evolution of Lice, Humans, and Great Apes
phylogenetics, Biodiversity, parasites, Coevolution, human evolution
1.7K
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04.2020
Adapted for online learning: In this lab, you will explore the physics of flight, the adaptations that make powered flight possible, and the evolution of powered flight in vertebrates and invertebrates.
citizen science, quantitative skills, Digital Repository, Flight
2.1K
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03.2020

Data Visualization

Anna Monfils

Version: 1.0

This is an introduction to the idea of data visualization and the importance of presenting data for understanding.
data in the classroom, data visualization
1.9K
606
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03.2020

Communicating with Data: Digital Data Resources

Anna Monfils, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

Students access, clean, configure, and standardize a dataset and create a relevant and scientifically valid data visualization to communicate science.
data in the classroom, data visualization, digital resources, biodiversity informatics, biodiversity collections
1.7K
460
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03.2020

Communicating with Data: Infographic with Digital Data

Anna Monfils, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

Working collaboratively in teams of 2-4 researchers, students engage in targeted projects to address critical information and research needs using digital biodiversity data.
databases, data in the classroom, undergraduate research, digital collections, course-based research experiences (CUREs), biodiversity collections
1.6K
449
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03.2020

21st Century STEM Workforce Skills

Anna Monfils, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

This activity includes a leadership assessment and associated exercise to encourage the development of 21st Century STEM Skills.
collaboration, team science, leadership skills
1.5K
434
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03.2020

GBIF Tutorial - BLUE Resource

Libby Ellwood

Version: 1.0

A user guide and video instructions for GBIF
Querying databases, database, data in the classroom, biodiversity informatics, biodiversity collections
2.3K
702
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03.2020

iDigBio Tutorial - BLUE Resource

Molly Phillips

Version: 1.0

A user guide and video instructions for iDigBio
databases, Querying databases, data in the classroom, biodiversity informatics, biodiversity collections
2.5K
773
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03.2020

Arctos Tutorial - BLUE Resource

Erica Krimmel

Version: 1.0

A user guide and video instructions for Arctos
databases, data in the classroom, biodiversity informatics, biodiversity collections
1.7K
551
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03.2020

Backward Design with Digital Data

Debra Linton, Libby Ellwood, Molly Phillips, Erica Krimmel, Natalie Douglas, Anna Monfils

Version: 1.0

Best practices for designing educational modules using biodiversity data
data in the classroom, backward design, biodiversity collections
1.5K
359
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03.2020

Data Ethics

Rebecca Renirie

Version: 1.0

Data ethics and the use of digital data
data science, research ethics, data ethics
1.6K
557
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03.2020

Measuring Success for Collections: Educational Products and Outcomes

Anna Monfils, Molly Phillips, Libby Ellwood, Debra Linton, Lisa White, Natalie Douglas, Shari Ellis, Sam S Donovan

Version: 1.0

Presentation at the 34th Annual meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
education, assessment, natural history collections, BLUE
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06.2019

Movement: Nature's Flying Machines

Blake Cahill, Anna Monfils, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

In this lab, you will explore the physics of flight, the adaptations that make powered flight possible, and the evolution of powered flight in vertebrates and invertebrates.
citizen science, quantitative skills, Digital Repository, Flight
2.5K
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05.2019

Data is the New Science

Anna Monfils, Debra Linton, Libby Ellwood, Molly Phillips

Version: 1.0

In this module, students will be introduced to some emerging biodiversity data resources. They will be asked to think critically about the strengths and utility of these data resources and apply what they have learned to research question.
data in the classroom, biodiversity informatics, natural history collection
3.2K
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04.2019

Amphibian Diversity: Species Richness and Precipitation

Debra Linton, Anna Monfils, Molly Phillips, Libby Ellwood

Version: 1.0

This activity will explore how natural history specimen data can be used to investigate the relationship between precipitation levels in a region and species diversity of amphibians.
data in the classroom, Biodiversity, trade-offs, natural history collection, Amphibans and Reptiles
2.1K
752
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03.2019

Species Range Over Space and Time

Debra Linton, Anna Monfils, Libby Ellwood, Molly Phillips

Version: 1.0

In this module, students use data from natural history collections to look at range shifts related to climate variables over different time periods.
data in the classroom, digital resources, climate change, natural history collection
3.3K
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03.2019

Liberating Data for Biodiversity Research

Libby Ellwood, Austin Mast

Version: 1.0

The objectives of this exercise are to familiarize you with the information content of biodiversity specimens and their labels, the breadth of that information across geographic space and/or time.
Biodiversity, natural history collections, BLUE
1.5K
532
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03.2019

Connecting Students to Citizen Science and Curated Collections

Anna Monfils, Erica Krimmel, Debra Linton, Travis Marsico, Ashley Morris, Brad Ruhfel

Version: 1.0

This educational module utilizes the traditional plant collection experience to engage students with biodiversity data protocols and resources available in our information-rich digital age.
Biodiversity, plants, natural history collection, herbarium
2.7K
725
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03.2019

Exploring Data with BISON

Erica Krimmel

Version: 1.0

A module to explore aggregated observation and collection information, through BISON, or Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (https://bison.usgs.gov), a tool for visualizing GBIF data.
Querying databases, data in the classroom, biodiversity informatics, natural history collections
1.8K
581
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03.2019
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The Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life and Digital Atlas Apps -- identify fossils and explore diversity and history of life on earth.
phylogenetics, digital resources, fossils, paleontology, evolutionary biology, taxonomy, eduapps, natural history collections, 3D models, geology, open textbook, digitized natural history collections, encyclopedia, atlas, Cretaceous World TCN, Paleo Niches TCN, virtual teaching collection, Fossil field guide
1.4K
497
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11.2021
Dr. Jaimi Gray gives a brief introduction into educational resources associated with the oVert project. ...
idigbio, natural history museums, natural history collections, 3D models, Vertebrate Morphology, oVert, vertebrates, morphosource
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09.2021
This webinar will explore how faculty can teach with a growth mindset and identify some potential areas of fixed mindset that might prove to be obstacles for many students.
growth mindset, faculty development, Diversity and Inclusion, faculty mindset
1.2K
216
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08.2021
Anne Basham (Founder ExplorMor Labs LLC/Co-Founder Bon-Earth, LeptNet and SCAN) Presenting on Natural history collections that connect marginalized elders with memory and the natural world. ...
idigbio, natural history museums, natural history collection, life-long learners, informal learning, vulnerable learners, object-based learning, geragogy, U3A
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251
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08.2021

Bird Beak Adaptations

Miguel Morales

Version: 1.0

Students will navigate through different stations experiencing simulations of adaptations, manipulations of 3D examples, and making connections to the standards to formulate hypotheses about certain adaptations and how they manifest in the morphology.
Evolution, idigbio, birds, Anatomy, natural history collections, Natural Selection, 3D models, Adaptations, #NGSS, Vertebrate Morphology, oVert
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496
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08.2021

Will You Find This Humerus? Homology Lab

Cassondra McHugh-Lowther

Version: 1.0

Students will compare and contrast the morphology of vertebrate forelimbs, and will use this knowledge to draw conclusions about their common ancestor and descent with modification.
Evolution, biology, idigbio, natural history collections, 3D models, Vertebrate Morphology, oVert, homologous structures, W, WISE
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577
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08.2021

Venom: To Kill or Cure?

Valerie Ledford

Version: 1.0

In this case study, students will explore concepts of evolution, protein structure and function, taxonomy, and methods of scientific inquiry in a real-world way.
Evolution, phylogenetics, idigbio, AP Biology, taxonomy, natural history collections, 3D models, oVert, Venom, snakes, herps
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405
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08.2021
The Biocultural (BC) Labels initiative is focused on accurate provenance, transparency and integrity in research engagements with Indigenous communities. ...
data, Equity, natural history museums, Attribution, Biocultural Labels, Traditional Knowledge Labels, Indigenous data sovereignty, Indigenous rights
1.2K
405
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05.2021
In the first episode of the Collections Education Coffee Break Series we speak with Anne Basham from SCAN and the Biodiversity Outreach Network. ...
natural history collections, informal science learning, informal education, Multi-Modal learning, multiliteracy, specimen based, digitization, digital specimen
3.1K
272
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04.2021

Thinking About Graduate School in Biology: Our Tips for Success

Catherine Early, Adania Flemming, Jeanette Pirlo, Sorilis Ruiz-Escobar

Version: 1.0

As part of the iDigTrio 2020 Biological Conference and Fair we created this document to supplement our workshop on "Applying for Graduate school". This is a compilation drawing from the four author's lived experiences.
funding, idigbio, graduate school, Graduate assistantships, iDigTRIO, Tips and Tricks, Academic culture, Unwritten rules, application, applying
3.3K
529
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02.2021

STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series: Socially Relevant Teaching in the Time of COVID-19

Joanna Wares, Marcella Torres, zeynep teymuroglu, Grace Stadnyk, Casey Hawthorne, E Cabral Balreira

Version: 1.0

Presents various mathematical modeling and data science activities created around analyzing and interpreting COVID-19 data. Much of the instructional guidance provided for the activities and projects is easily adaptable to a remote learning environment.
quantitative, math, idigbio, data literacy, webinar, EDSIN, BLUE, score, covid, STEMitp
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604
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02.2021
Using oVERT project models students examine examples of extant traditional lizards, snakes and limbless lizards and create phylogenies based on trait and genetic data.
phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, Herpetology, natural history collections, 3D models, #NGSS, digitized natural history collections, oVert, Convergent Evolution
1.3K
506
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09.2020

What Moves You?

Tamiko Iansiti

Version: 1.0

Using various bone segments to create joints that will explain planar movement and then develop a mechanical model of different joint types that will allow certain movement in a robotic unit.
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09.2020
This activity simulates analysis and identification of bird specimens based on the relationship of the natural history of bird species with the morphographic measurements and ratios compared to graphs of the same types of measurements and ratios.
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463
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09.2020
Video recordings (with captions), transcript, and chat for the STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series: Universal Design for Learning.
1.5K
585
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08.2020

STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series: Episode One

Bryan Dewsbury, Carrie Diaz Eaton, Molly Phillips, Anna Monfils

Version: 1.0

Episode One is a conversation with Bryan Dewsbury (University of Rhode Island) one of the authors of the CBE-LSE Inclusive Pedagogy guide.
idigbio, undergraduate education, webinar, Inclusive teaching, EDSIN, BLUE
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1.2K
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08.2020
Episode 3 builds from Kelisa Wing's recent blog post calling for educators to hold themselves accountable for dismantling racial oppression.
1.5K
512
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08.2020
Beyond Techniques: A Phenomenological Approach to Inclusive Teaching with Dr. Mays Imad.
teaching strategies, inclusion, Inclusive teaching, pheno, Phenomenological
1.3K
709
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08.2020
The Digital Atlas project include field guides to fossils (including a mobile app), an online paleontology textbook, and a collection of over 500 virtual 3D models of fossil specimens.
Evolution, biology, idigbio, paleontology, taxonomy, natural history collections, geology, SPNHC2020
1.2K
283
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06.2020
The girdled lizards (Cordylidae) are a family of distinctively armored lizards endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa. Students examine lizards in this family to classify the lizards based on morphological characteristics.
Evolution, phylogenetic analysis, Herpetology, natural history collections, 3D models, Vertebrate Morphology, CT scan, oVert, Convergent Evolution
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632
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05.2020

That Vertebrate Ate What Exactly?

Jason Horner

Version: 1.0

During the course of this lesson, students will analyze CT scan data and observe bycatch (or an unknown discovery) captured during the scanning process of vertebrates.
Evolution, idigbio, AP Biology, natural history collections, 3D models, anatomy and physiology, #NGSS, Vertebrate Morphology, CT scan, oVert
1.2K
439
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05.2020

Evidence of Evolution Homologous Structures

Bridget Armstrong

Version: 1.0

Using CT (Computed Tomography) scans of vertebrate forelimbs, both as 3D models and as shapefiles, to enhance and illustrate the concepts of homologous structures, and the evolution of anatomical structures as a function of their use.
Evolution, idigbio, Zoology, 3D models, anatomy and physiology, Middle School, Vertebrate Morphology, CT scan, oVert, homologous structures
1.2K
626
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05.2020

Diving into Deep Sea Data

Adania Flemming, Randy Singer, Molly Phillips

Version: 1.0

A module that combines NOAA's Okeanos Explorer and the iDigBio Portal to explore the deep sea!
Querying databases, remote sensing, natural history collections, fishes, scientific name, 5E, Species, ichthyology, deep sea
1.2K
676
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04.2020
Step-by-step, hands-on instruction on ways to access and download these specimen data, how to process climate layer data, and how to apply Maxent software to construct ecological niche models.
ecology lab, biodiversity informatics, natural history collections, Microsoft Excel, biodiversity collections, Rstats, ecological niche modeling, QGIS, ENMTools, Maxent
1.9K
531
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04.2020

Supersized Life: Comparing Across Scales

Natasha Vitek, Christopher Baker

Version: 1.0

How wide is the size range of living beings, from "big" to "too small to see"? Students will collect and compare measurements from 3D specimens within the metric system by multiplying or dividing numbers by powers of ten to solve word problems.
paleontology, Biodiversity, technology in biology, natural history collections, middle grades (4-9), 3D models, 3D printing, Whole Numbers & Place Value, MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH, #NGSS, scientific measurement, scale and proportions
1.4K
785
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03.2020

Ancient Insects

Susan Butts, Talia Karim, Chris Norris

Version: 1.0

Create a gallery of fossil organisms and identify distinctive body parts (wings, suckers, modified appendages) from the collection. Analyze and interpret these features to predict what type of environment the insect inhabited (3-LS4-1 of NGSS).
Evolution, paleontology, natural history collections, #NGSS
1.4K
745
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05.2019

Fantastic Birds and Where to Find Them

Molly Phillips, Kathryn Green

Version: 1.0

5E lesson plan for middle/high school aligned to NGSS standards.