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”.
A module guiding students through the process of building a biodiversity dataset using field data and protocols derived for a study of the invasive aquatic plant species, European frog-bit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae L.).
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.
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.
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.
data in the classroom, data standards, digitized natural history collections, BLUE Fall 2019 FMN, Grinnell, Introductory, Lab, Online course, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, Activity Length, 1 Hour, Less than 1 hour, More than 1 hour
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.
data in the classroom, data visualization, digital resources, biodiversity informatics, biodiversity collections, Introductory, Lab, Online course, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Advanced, Majors, Activity Length, Less than 1 hour, Extended Project
Anna Monfils, Debra Linton, Libby Ellwood, Molly Phillips
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, Introductory, Lab, Online course, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, Activity Length, More than 1 hour
Querying databases, data in the classroom, biodiversity informatics, natural history collections, Introductory, Lab, Online course, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Activity Length, Less than 1 hour
idigbio, natural history museums, natural history collection, life-long learners, informal learning, vulnerable learners, object-based learning, geragogy, U3A, Podcast, Fostering a Sense of Belonging, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy, Accessibility
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, idigbio, AP Biology, natural history collections, 3D models, anatomy and physiology, #NGSS, Vertebrate Morphology, CT scan, oVert, Lab, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Activity Length, More than 1 hour
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.
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, Lab, Instructional Setting, Activity Length, 1 Hour, Less than 1 hour
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).
Carly Jordan, Janice Krumm, Tiffany Marie Doan, Jason Kilgore, Debra Linton
Use digitized natural history specimen data from the Alexander Archipelago in Alaska to explore hypotheses about island biogeography. Reprinted from Proceedings of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (2019).
natural history collections, species distributions, course-based research experiences (CUREs), spatial analysis, digitized natural history collections, QGIS, Undergraduate, Audience Level, Activity Length, 1 Hour, More than 1 hour, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy, Open Education, Open Pedagogy, Open Educational Resources (OER)
natural history collections, species distributions, course-based research experiences (CUREs), digitized natural history collections, QGIS, Undergraduate, Dataset, Audience Level, Cleaned, Activity Length, 1 Hour, More than 1 hour, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy, Open Data, Open Education, Open Pedagogy, Open Educational Resources (OER)
Katie D. Pearson, Susan J. Mazer, Tadeo Ramirez Parada, Natalie Love, Jenn M. Yost
10-week course-based undergraduate research experience in which students conduct novel research on the effects of climate on phenological events (e.g., flowering) of a plant species using publicly available data from an online portal (CCH2.org).
This exercise introduces herbarium specimens and how they are used for research. Students contribute to specimen "digitization" using the citizen science platform Notes from Nature, and they work with the California specimen database, CCH2.