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Demo of the Primate Life History Database

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The Primate Life History Database: a unique shared ecological data resource

This paper details the creation of the primate life history database that was used in the Bronikowski et al. Science paper by which underlies the "Survivorship in the Natural World" module.

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human demography from physical cemeteries, 'virtual cemeteries' and census data

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Extinction-related resources from HHMI

A variety of engaging videos, lectures, posters, and classroom activities to teach key concepts related to extinctions past and present.

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75 Years of Mortality in the United States, 1935–2010

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DATA

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Extraordinary lifespans in ants: a test of evolutionary theories of ageing

This paper has a great figure showing the range of lifespans in ants and other closely related species

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Age-specific rates of fecundity for female baboons

This paper contains primary data on age-specific fecundity in female baboons. Sam Donovan has provided a useful extension of the module for calculating growth rates and his example has students use chimpanzee data. The exercise can be extended with the addition of this data for baboons as well.

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Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

This simulation allows you to enter your age and gender and then it will generate a distribution of years you have left based on the current US life expectancy estimates from the CDC.

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The difference conservation makes to extinction risk of the world's ungulates

Paper in Conservation Biology that conducts an interesting thought experiment - what if all conservation efforts for ungulates had ended in the year 1996? Could complement this module nicely by showing the effectiveness of conservation management in mitigating extinction.

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PanTHERIA for Mammal Life History Data

PanTHERIA is a global species-level data set of key life-history, ecological and geographical traits of all known extant and recently extinct mammals compiled from the literature. It also includes spatial databases of mammalian geographic ranges and global climatic and anthropogenic variables.

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Sam Donovan's session on using Survivorship data

This is a recording of a session led by Sam Donovan, in which he shares the additional materials he uses with his classes to teach the DryadLab Survivorship unit.  To find the materials he talks about, see the other posts  in this collection: "Diversity of ageing across the tree of life" has the additional paper he uses and  "A Survivorship Recitation Activity" has the materials for students.  

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Essentials of Conservation Biology

Essentials of Conservation Biology

Chapter 8 of this book is entitled "Vulnerability to Extinction". It identifies several characteristics of extinction-prone species. I think this could make a good assigned reading for students to prep them before coming into class.

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Trade-offs between vessel size and cavitation (embolism) potential

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Primary Literature - Xylem Evolution

Sperry, J.S. 2003. Evolution of Water Transport and Xylem Structure. International Journal of Plant Science 164(3 Suppl.):S115-S127.

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Diversity of ageing across the tree of life

I stumbled across this paper when looking for survivorship information on different species and it has be a great teaching resource. Mostly I use the subplots of Figure 1 (partially reproduced here) which has a whole bunch of graphs of relative mortality and fertility as a function of age for a wide range of taxa. 

Full Citation: Jones, O. R., Scheuerlein, A., Salguero-Gómez, R., Camarda, C. G., Schaible, R., Casper, B. B., ... & Vaupel, J. W. (2014). Diversity of ageing across the tree of life. Nature, 505(7482), 169-173.

When you go to the Nature site for this paper be sure to check out the "related audio" which has a nice discussion with the authors about the paper. 

Alternative Link: http://izt.ciens.ucv.ve/ecologia/Archivos/ECO_POB%202014/ECOPO2_2014/Jones%20et%20al%202014.pdf

 

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A Survivorship Recitation Activity

This is an activity that is based on the data available from the "Survivorship in the Natural World" module. Joshua Adelman, who was a post-doc in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh at the time, was the lead developer of this activity. 

 

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Instructions for Using Radiant for Data Visualization

As part of the extinction module, students can use the R Shiny app Radiant to explore and visualize the data.  Radiant also has a unique and useful feature for instructors: the ability to automatically generate a report of student workflow.  This allows faculty to follow students' exploration of the data and decision-making processes.  The attached handout (Copy of Student Handout 5) contains the updated instructions for running Radiant on the QUBESHub website and generating a workflow report.

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