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Using ecological data in undergraduate biology classrooms

ESA/QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network
Spring 2019



The Ecological Society of America (ESA; and Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis project (QUBES; are pleased to offer a unique networking and professional development opportunity from January – May 2019 for community college faculty interested in bringing data into undergraduate classrooms. Faculty will implement selected modules from ESA's Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE) in their introductory biology or ecology courses, focusing on providing students the opportunity to apply quantitative skills to real-world datasets. Click here for more information on the selected modules. Participating educators are mentored and supported throughout the FMN and are provided with the infrastructure to find, customize, and share high quality teaching resources and strategies.

ESA is the largest community of professional ecologists dedicated to the study of life on earth. Its Education and Diversity programs office develops strategic programs to increase diversity and improve the quality of ecology education.

QUBES is an NSF-funded virtual center that supports collaboration to promote quantitative biology education at the undergraduate level.


The ESA-QUBES partnership was initiated in 2016. The QUBES Faculty Mentoring Networks are designed to support faculty understanding and implementation of specific quantitative biology concepts and teaching approaches. This partnership brings forward ESA's initiative to prepare the education community for the massive volume of data to be available through the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) research facility project. Previous ESA efforts related to NEON education included workshops, webinars and college-speaking tours.

For more information about Past ESA-QUBES Faculty Mentoring Networks and to meet our ESA Education Scholars, please visit this link:

Dates & Location:

The virtual kick-off will be held in mid-January, 2019 (date and time TBD). The FMN will continue online to support the customization and implementation of activities in your course during the Spring 2019 semester.

How to Apply:

Applications for this FMN are now closed.

Commitment and Benefits of Participation:

To qualify, participants will incorporate at least two of the selected TIEE materials in Spring 2019. Participants must also be able to commit ~1 hr per week for working with mentors and collaborating with other participants around the customization and implementation of the teaching materials. Additional time outside of these discussions may be required for independent work on adapting and reviewing modules.

  • Access to teaching modules- participants will incorporate at least two of the selected materials in Spring 2019 classes (selected modules can be found here)
  • Recognition as an ESA Education Scholar upon completion of requirements.
  • Online support throughout the process of implementing new materials in your course.  Access to peer mentors on lecture/classroom/lab effective tips and strategies in small group virtual meetings every two weeks
  • $500 will be awarded to participants who complete the FMN requirements and submit their module adaptations as an open education resource. Funding support for the award comes from a grant to ESA from the National Science Foundation.

More Information and Questions:

If you have questions, please feel free to contact John Doudna (, Kiersten Newtoff ( or Deborah Rook (  For questions about ESA Education and Diversity Programs, please contact Teresa Mourad(