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A CURE for Salmonella: A Laboratory Course in Pathogen Microbiology and Genomics
Rapid advances in genomics and bioinformatics, the vast amount of data generated by next-generation sequencing, and the penetration of the ‘-omics’ into many areas of biology have created a need for students with hands-on experience...
epidemiology research bioinformatics genomics public health Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Salmonella DNA sequencing pathogenic bacteria
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Using Comics to Make Science Come Alive
Students often see science as a fragmented set of facts to be memorized, rather than concepts and processes that are relevant in their everyday lives. This is especially true for non-science majors, who represent the vast majority of all college...
role of science in society
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Squirreling from Afar: Adapting Squirrel-Net Modules for Remote Teaching and Learning
The shift from face-to-face instruction to remote teaching and learning has proven to be a challenging endeavor for many reasons, including lack of time, resources, and inspiration. Lab courses, the "hands-on" portion of many curricula,...
online learning behavioral ecology CUREs Remote teaching field ecology Squirrel Squirrel-Net
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How Many Squirrels Are in the Shrubs? A Lesson Plan for Comparing Methods for Population Estimation
Estimating the population sizes of animals is a key skill for any student interested in ecology, conservation, or management. However, counting animals in natural habitats is difficult, and the many techniques that exist each rely on assumptions...
population ecology wildlife management population estimation sciuridae Squirrel-Net
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Sorry to Eat and Run: A Lesson Plan for Testing Trade-off in Squirrel Behavior Using Giving Up Densities (GUDs)
All animals need to find and compete for food, shelter, and mates in order to survive and reproduce. They also need to avoid being eaten by predators. Optimal foraging theory provides a framework to examine the trade-offs individuals make while...

Courses: EcologyEcology EvolutionEvolution

ecology animal behavior Animal form and function Animal nutrition Squirrel-Net
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An Introduction to the Squirrel-Net Teaching Modules
Although course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) are gaining popularity in biology, most are designed for benchwork-based laboratory courses while few focus on field-based skills. Many barriers to implementing field CUREs exist,...

Courses: EcologyEcology

ecology behavior trade-offs Scientific Process Squirrel-Net
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Squirrels in Space: Using Radio Telemetry to Explore the Space Use and Movement of Sciurid Rodents
Biotelemetry is used by researchers to track the interactions of animals with each other and the environment. While advancing technology has led to the development of numerous biotelemetry tools, radio telemetry remains the most common method for...

Courses: EcologyEcology

Dispersal Habitat selection Home range Squirrel-Net
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Squirreling Around for Science: Observing Sciurid Rodents to Investigate Animal Behavior
Hands-on research experiences are important opportunities for students to learn about the nature of inquiry and gain confidence in solving problems. Here, we present an inquiry-based lesson plan that investigates the foraging behavior of sciurid...
foraging behavior behavioral ecology Sciurid Squirrel Squirrel-Net Trade-off Vigilance
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Developing Data Literacy Skills and Connecting the Student Experience in the Classroom to the Community Through Biodiversity Projects
Undergraduate education and long-term science literacy are enhanced by integrating data projects with public datasets and creating analysis summaries. Underutilized public datasets are often generated by community-based or citizen science projects...

Courses: EcologyEcology

species richness Biodiversity disturbance Habitat range Population abundance
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Ain't No Mountain Pine Enough: A Case Study of How Mountain Pine Beetles are Affecting Ecosystem Processes
This case study engages students in generating hypotheses and predictions, analyzing and interpreting data, critically evaluating contrasting results in science, and thinking about feedbacks between biota and abiotic ecosystem dynamics. To address...

Courses: EcologyEcology

population biology carbon cycling Species-habitat interactions
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Biodiversity Show and Tell: An Accessible Activity to Encourage Students to Explore the Tree of Life
An appreciation of organismal diversity is a requirement for understanding evolution and ecology, and can serve as a source of amazement and wonder that inspires students to enjoy biology. However, biodiversity can be a challenging subject to...
Evolution ecology Biodiversity
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Nanoparticles and Shrimp: An Interdisciplinary Lab Series in Chemistry and Biology for Undergraduate Engineering Students
The parallels between engineering and science are vast, as both disciplines apply theory and inquiry to solve complex problems. In order to prepare students for interdisciplinary careers in STEM, we have developed a lab project in which...
microscopy chemistry applications in biology toxicity
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Exploring Species Interactions with "Snapshot Serengeti"
Authentic learning experiences are a valuable way for students to gain an in-depth understanding of the scientific process. However, implementing such experiences in large enrollment courses can be challenging. Here, we present a community ecology...

Courses: EcologyEcology

ecology species interactions citizen science Community Ecology animal behavior Science Communication MIGRATION animal activity species distribution
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A Remote Introductory Biology Lab Using Backyard Birdwatching to Teach Data Analysis and Communication
Asking questions, designing experiments, collecting data and interpreting those data, and communicating the results are some of the most important concepts an undergraduate biology lab can teach students. When the SARS-CoV2 pandemic forced our...
ecology data analysis data collection
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Using Student Perceptions and Cooperative Learning to Unpack Primary Literature on Global Change
This case describes a three-part assignment in which students discuss key processes that regulate the stability and resilience of the Earth system and our increased risk of generating large-scale abrupt or irreversible environmental changes. Here,...

Courses: EcologyEcology

global change Anthropocene Earth-system planetary boundary concept thresholds