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This is a completed Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN). FMNs are sustained, immersive, community-based professional development opportunities for faculty. FMNs support the adaptation and implementation of materials and/or instructional approaches in their classrooms. Learn more about FMNs.

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Goals

  • produce classroom-tested activities for use in ecology courses
  • encourage group-learning and provide faculty with opportunities to share effective strategies for implementing their case studies

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This case study challenges students to design a pond that will provide supplemental food security to a rural Malawian village. In the process they apply concepts of primary and secondary production, trophic efficiency, trophic levels and sustainability.
fisheries, aquaculture, aquatic, secondary production, ecosystem, trophic efficiency, introductory, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Majors, Less than 1 hour
125
21
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07.24.2019
In this instructor-led interrupted case study, students practice interpreting Lotka-Volterra competition model parameters using data on an invasive and native mosquito species.
ecology, case study, competition models, competition, Lotka-Volterra, Invasive Species, introductory, Article, Teaching material, Lecture, Reference material, Undergraduate, Dataset, Publication, Advanced, Majors, 1 Hour, Less than 1 hour
128
37
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07.24.2019
This interactive case study is intended for use in lower-division biology or ecology courses to complement the SimUText (SimBio) chapter entitled Predation, Herbivory and Parasitism.
introductory, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Majors, Less than 1 hour
125
76
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06.20.2019

Leaping Lemur Life History

Cindy Bennington

Version: 1.0

This interrupted case study is intended for use in lower-division biology or ecology courses to complement the SimUText (SimBio) Life History chapter. Students practice calculating life history parameters and interpreting life history data.
introductory, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Majors, Less than 1 hour
116
71
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06.20.2019

Mars Colony

James Burton Deemy

Version: 1.0

In this exercise students work in groups to design an agroecosystem to feed a Mars Colony while accounting for space and energy transfer limitations.
SimBio, Resources @ SimBio, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, 1 Hour, Less than 1 hour
121
38
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06.11.2019

Island Frogs

James Burton Deemy

Version: 1.0

This is an exercise in island biogeography that allows students to reconstruct splits in the evolutionary history of several hypothetical frog species.
Resources @ SimBio, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, 1 Hour, Less than 1 hour
111
41
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06.11.2019

Investigating Primary Productivity

Heather Olins

Version: 1.0

In this 3-part investigation, students discuss, make predictions, and work with data about global scale net primary productivity.
Ecosystem Ecology, productivity, npp, introductory, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Majors, Less than 1 hour
125
44
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06.03.2019

Investigating Biomes with BiomeViewer

Heather Olins

Version: 1.0

This interactive classroom activity facilitates student learning about biodiversity through an investigation of biomes (what they are, how they're defined, their global distribution) using a free app called BiomeViewer developed by HHMI BioInteractive.
Biodiversity, Ecosystem Ecology, BiomeViewer, biomes, introductory, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Majors, Non-majors, Less than 1 hour
87
40
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05.28.2019

Plant Defenses and Bioprospecting Mini-case Study

John Anthony Barone

Version: 1.0

This narrative mini-case study for use in undergraduate ecology courses reviews plant defense theory within the context of bioprospecting. Students learn about factors affecting plant defenses and how to search for bioactive compounds.
Lab, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, 1 Hour
114
43
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05.27.2019
A mini-case study that uses real-world data to explore the competitive interaction among seagrasses.
ecology, competition, conservation ecology, water resource management, seagrass, Caribbean, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Graduate, Advanced, Less than 1 hour
149
34
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05.26.2019
This mini-case study guides students through multiple lines of evidence that suggests the most likely sister species to the lake species Sardinella tawilis, the sister species being the marine fish Sardinella hualiensis.
ecology, fish, evolutionary ecology, Speciation, Vicariance, Philippines, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Less than 1 hour
139
29
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05.26.2019

Climate Diagrams Mini-Case Study for Ecology

John Anthony Barone

Version: 1.0

This mini-case study provides undergraduate ecology students with experience in how to read climate diagrams and how to put them together. The activity includes a discussion of actual and potential evapotranspiration.
introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Majors, Less than 1 hour
102
49
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05.26.2019