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Data Explorers

Using ecological data in undergraduate biology classrooms

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Goals

  • implement selected modules from ESA's Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE) in introductory biology or ecology courses
  • provide students the opportunity to apply quantitative skills to real-world datasets
  • find, customize, and share high quality teaching resources and strategies

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Final Products

TIEE Module- How does nutrient pollution impact stream ecosystems locally and nationally?
Introductory, Undergraduate, Audience Level, Majors, Non-majors
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06.2019
This activity was adapted for use in an intro non-majors Environmental Science course, with an emphasis on collaborative data collection.
data analysis, Genetic Drift, quantitative skills, species diversity, Island biogeography, gamification, genetic diversity, ecological drift, colonization, collaborative data collection, Introductory, Lab, Lecture, Undergraduate, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Non-majors, Activity Length, More than 1 hour
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626
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06.2019
In this module, students practice interpreting the relationship between variables before exploring changes in butterfly phenology through the use of natural history collections data.
Excel, Resources @ ESA - TIEE, graphing, climate change, fmn, phenology, natural history collections, DIG, butterfly, interspecific interactions, Introductory, Lab, Online course, Lecture, Undergraduate, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Non-majors, Activity Length, More than 1 hour
1.2K
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06.2019
This module is a modification of the Beckstead et al. module in TIEE Volume 7. It includes a meta-cognition based model and self reflection, no statistics, and is organized to be done in 1-2 lab/in-class periods (no advance reading, no homework).
Resources @ ESA - TIEE, case study, population ecology, endangered species, conservation biology, migration ecology, Introductory, Lab, Online course, Lecture, Undergraduate, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors
924
606
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05.2019
This is a modification of the Linton et al. module in TIEE Volume 13. Students use data from digitized museum records of butterfly specimens in a modification with no homework (lab/workshop format) or statistics knowledge required.
Excel, Resources @ ESA - TIEE, climate change, fmn, phenology, natural history collections, DIG, butterfly, interspecific interactions, Introductory, Lab, Online course, Lecture, Undergraduate, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Majors, Non-majors, Activity Length, More than 1 hour
1.0K
818
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05.2019
How does nutrient pollution impact stream ecosystems locally and nationally?
Introductory, Lab, Lecture, Undergraduate, Dataset, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Majors, Non-majors, Activity Length, More than 1 hour, Extended Project
663
616
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0
05.2019
This activity was developed for an undergraduate upper level ecology course for Environmental or Biological Science majors. Classes of ~20 students work best for the activity.
Lab, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Advanced, Activity Length, More than 1 hour, Extended Project
643
603
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05.2019
Students investigate the role of olfaction and infochemicals on bird foraging behavior.. In this module students learn to analyze and present graphic data in ways that simplify interpretation.
Resources @ ESA - TIEE, foraging, data visualization, Community Ecology, fmn, behavioral ecology, DIG, trophic cascades, Antarctic foodd webs, Introductory, Lecture, Undergraduate, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Non-majors, Activity Length, Less than 1 hour
717
151
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05.2019
Examining water quality (including fertilizer residue, nutrients, soil erosion, and invasive plants) on a Hawaiian fishpond ecosystem.
sustainability, ecology, water quality and resource allocation, ocean sustainability, invasive plants, fisheries science, Introductory, Undergraduate, Audience Level, Majors
750
755
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0
05.2019
Examining biotic and abiotic environmental factors explain the historic, present, and future prevalence and range of avian malaria in Hawaii. The activity also asks how this affects local endangered bird populations.
data analysis, introductory biology, Invasive Species, birds, Hawaii County, Introductory, Undergraduate, Audience Level, Majors, Non-majors
785
480
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05.2019
Resources @ ESA - TIEE, case study, population ecology, endangered species, conservation biology, migration ecology, Introductory, Lab, Undergraduate, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Non-majors
700
310
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05.2019
In this module, students explore changes in butterfly phenology through the use of natural history collections data. The resource I have modified is a pptx presentation to introduce the background and an updated student pre-lab assignment.
Excel, Resources @ ESA - TIEE, climate change, fmn, phenology, natural history collections, DIG, butterfly, interspecific interactions, Introductory, Lab, Undergraduate, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Non-majors, Activity Length, More than 1 hour
925
396
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05.2019
The purpose of this modification was to take the analyses that were done in Excel and have the students perform them using R. Students were not given any R code for this activity, as R code was provided throughout the semester.
Resources @ ESA - TIEE, case study, R programming language, population ecology, endangered species, conservation biology, migration ecology, ggplot2, Lab, Lecture, Undergraduate, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Graduate, Advanced, Activity Length, More than 1 hour, Extended Project
747
609
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05.2019
Students learn about stream ecology on the island of Hawaii using data available through USGS and University of Hawaii websites and develop an understanding for potential stream changes due to predicted climate change.
climate, Stream ecology, Hawaii County, Topography, Map Reading, Rainfall, Introductory, Lecture, Undergraduate, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Non-majors, Activity Length, 1 Hour
689
147
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05.2019
This resource uses the Human Impact on Stream Ecology data set, background and questions and provides students an very general introduction to using R. Students perform basic summary statistics and data visualization in R (using tidyr language).
graphing, data visualization, R programming language, descriptive statistics, undergraduate environmental science, Lab, Undergraduate, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Advanced, Activity Length, More than 1 hour
814
512
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05.2019