TIEE Special Issue

As part of the “DIG into Data for the Biology Classroom” faculty mentoring network that ran in spring 2017, we created classroom modules based on authentic data sets. This network was the result of a partnership between the Ecological Society of America and the NSF-funded virtual center Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES). In Fall 2018, a second faculty mentoring network created adaptations of the dataset modules published in TIEE.

View modules featured in a special issue of Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE):

Students use small mammal data from the National Ecological Observatory Network to understand necessary steps of data management from data collection to data analysis by estimating small mammal population sizes using the Lincoln-Peterson model.
data management, spreadsheets, small mammals community dynamics, NEON, Capture mark-recapture, National Ecological Observatory Network, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, 1 Hour
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06.19.2018
Students investigate the role of olfaction and infochemicals on bird foraging behavior through three different quantitative modules. In this module students create graphs, generate statistics, draw conclusions, and apply their knowledge.
Resources @ ESA - TIEE, foraging, FMN, behavioral ecology, DIG, trophic cascades, Antarctic foodd webs, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Advanced, Majors, More than 1 hour
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06.12.2018
This module uses R software to introduce students to the process of accessing databases and building species distribution models based on occurrence records.
R, Resources @ ESA - TIEE, FMN, DIG, species distributions, habitat suitability, cooperative learning, jigsaw, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Advanced
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06.12.2018

The Effect of Climate Change on Butterfly Phenology

Debra Linton, Anna Monfils, Molly Phillips, Elizabeth Ellwood

Version: 1.0

In this module, students explore changes in butterfly phenology through the use of natural history collections data.
Excel, Resources @ ESA - TIEE, climate change, FMN, phenology, natural history collections, DIG, butterfly, interspecific interactions, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Majors, More than 1 hour
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06.12.2018
Identifying, mapping and understanding the magnitude and the spatial prevalence of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhea diseases. Analyzing the spatial trends of the disease patterns at National, State and...
Resources @ ESA - TIEE, Disease ecology, FMN, DIG, human ecology and behavior, bacterial infections, spatial and temporal spread of disease, Geographic Information System (GIS), introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Advanced, More than 1 hour
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06.12.2018
Use a well-resolved food web database from a freshwater wetland ecosystem in central California to explore how parasites influence community properties and learn how food webs are constructed and analyzed.
Resources @ ESA - TIEE, parasitism, Disease ecology, FMN, DIG, food web ecology, wetland communities, complex life cycles, network modeling, introductory ecology, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Undergraduate, More than 1 hour
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06.12.2018
Students utilize the provided dataset to engage in an open-inquiry project on the impacts of abiotic and biotic factors on stream macroinvertebrate communities and/or leaf litter decomposition.
Resources @ ESA - TIEE, Invasive Species, FMN, DIG, species tolerance curves, diversity indices, litter decomposition rates, freshwater ecology, open-inquiry, introductory, Teaching material, Undergraduate
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06.12.2018
An introduction to linear models using plant and animal richness-environment relationships in ephemeral ponds and permanent wetlands.
Resources @ ESA - TIEE, introductory biology, species richness, aquatic ecology, FMN, DIG, environmental variation, habitat permanency, upper level wetland ecology, introductory, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Advanced, 1 Hour
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06.12.2018
Students evaluate weather and phenology data sets spanning 40+ years from a high-elevation field station in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, to test predictions about the effects of climate change on migrating and over-wintering animal and plant.
species interactions, climate change, FMN, phenology, DIG, environmental variation, trophic mismatch, Lab, Teaching material
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06.12.2018

View module adaptations and extensions

An introduction to the Scientific Method for Introductory Biology students using plant and animal richness and environmental data from ephemeral ponds and permanent wetlands.
Resources @ ESA - TIEE, introductory biology, scientific method, species richness, aquatic ecology, FMN, DIG, environmental variation, Microsoft Excel, habitat permanency, upper level wetland ecology, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Dataset, Majors, More than 1 hour
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Students investigate the role of olfaction and infochemicals on bird foraging behavior through two different quantitative activities where they generate hypotheses, create figures, conduct data analyses, and draw conclusions.
Resources @ ESA - TIEE, foraging, FMN, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, DIG, trophic cascades, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, Reference material, Undergraduate, Dataset, Homework, Advanced, Majors, More than 1 hour
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12.20.2018
Students use vegetation structure data from the National Ecological Observatory Network to understand necessary steps of data management from data collection to data analysis by correlating vegetation biomass across nine forest sites to climate metrics.
forest ecology, data management, spreadsheets, Community Dynamics, NEON, DIG, National Ecological Observatory Network, biomass, Lab, Teaching material, Lecture, Reference material, Undergraduate, Homework, 1 Hour, More than 1 hour
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12.19.2018
Students explore findings from long-term studies of migrating and hibernating animals at high elevation. Students then use this understanding to explore the phenology of species and possible mismatches for species that interact.
species interactions, climate change, FMN, phenology, DIG, environmental variation, trophic mismatch, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Lecture, High School, Undergraduate, Non-majors
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12.12.2018
Students combine long-term observational data sets and experimental warming in an alpine meadow in Gothic, CO to test, evaluate, and interpret ecological data focusing on phenological variation and species interactions in a changing climate
species interactions, climate change, quantitative skills, phenology, environmental variation, phenological mis-match, Article, Teaching material, Lecture, Reference material, Undergraduate, Dataset, Publication, Homework, Cleaned, Advanced, More than 1 hour
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11.21.2018

View modules published on QUBES:

Students generate predictions and test three hypotheses about how biodiversity is affected by urbanization over time using citizen science generated bird count data and land use data from 13 locations in Florida over a 10 year time span
hypothesis testing, Biodiversity, urbanization, guided inquiry, land use, productivity hypothesis, ecosystem stress hypothesis, intermediate disturbance hypothesis, Lab, Teaching material, Lecture, Reference material, Undergraduate, Dataset, Cleaned, Advanced, More than 1 hour
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06.13.2018
Students evaluate long term (100+ years) trends in temperature and precipitation, and then isolate a shorter time span (20 years) in which to evaluate the correlation between spring temps and the earliest reported calling dates for MN frogs and toads
Resources @ ESA - TIEE, climate change, phenology, amphibian, Lab, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Dataset, Cleaned
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06.12.2018

Diseasebots

Arietta Fleming-Davies, Skylar Hopkins

Version: 1.0

This module explores the effects of host density on contact rates and transmission of pathogens or mutualist symbionts using a hands-on simulation, a computer agent-based model in NetLogo, and an authentic ecological dataset.
NetLogo, Disease ecology, density dependence, Spreadsheet, host-parasite, mutualism, Open-inquiry group projects, manipulative models (‘beanbag biology’), plotting, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Dataset, Cleaned, Advanced, Majors, More than 1 hour
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06.12.2018

Freezer Full of Fossils v2.0

Louise Mead, Michael James Wiser, Noah Ribeck, Fred Hingst, Richard Schultz, Richard Lenski

Version: 1.0

The Long Term Evolution Experiment started by Dr. Richard Lenski provides a rich dataset to help students explore concepts of fitness, replication, and adaption.
graphing, fitness, adaptation, competition, Spreadsheet, introductory, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Dataset, Homework, Cleaned, Majors, Non-majors, More than 1 hour
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06.11.2018

Biogeography of plant-associated fungi: who lives where and why?

Naupaka Bruce Zimmerman, Peter Vitousek

Version: 1.0

This dataset of fungal communities associated with the leaves an endemic Hawaiian tree provides students opportunities to explore relationships between environmental variables and microbial community composition.
small group activity, inquiry-based learning, biogeography, microbial ecology, Lab, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Dataset, Cleaned, Graduate, Advanced, 1 Hour, More than 1 hour
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05.28.2018

Have fish assemblages recovered from the legacy of acid rain?

Christine May, Patrick Harmon

Version: 1.0

This module provides a framework for upper-level ecology students to learn about limiting factors for stream fish diversity, using data from Shenandoah National Park and gaining skills in predictive, regression-based modeling.
Problem based learning, diversity, cooperative learning, limiting factors, aquatic ecosystems, pyramid exam, lab reports, Lab, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Dataset, Cleaned, Advanced, Extended Project
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05.28.2018
This module contains a series of take-home activities to prepare students to analyze their own dataset collected in lab.
urban ecosystems, refugia from habitat loss, group homework, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Dataset, Homework, Cleaned, Advanced, Majors, More than 1 hour, Extended Project
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05.24.2018

Sleep and Learning Lab

Jennifer Doherty, Gideon Dunster, Horacio de la Iglesia

Version: 1.0

Students use sleep and exam data from Introductory Biology students to investigate the question: Does a circadian rhythm, the sleep-wake cycle, influence an important mammalian adaptation, the ability to learn in an information-rich environment?
animal behavior, lab activity, circadian biology, small group work, think-pair-shares, introductory, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Dataset, Cleaned, More than 1 hour
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05.24.2018