QUBES modules developed as part of VCU Environmental Studies' graduate Research Methods course.

This lesson focuses on urbanization and its negative effects on species, specifically amphibians. The lesson will also provide hands-on statistical analyses and critical thinking questions to promote a better understanding of this ecological problem.
life history, RStudio, frogs, two-way ANOVA, urbanization, amphibians, toads, Introductory, Undergraduate, Audience Level, Activity Length, More than 1 hour, Open Science
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05.2021
This QUBES lesson uses statistical analysis to test whether or not oyster restoration sites in Virginia are successfully increasing the number of oysters and whether or not water quality is improving at the same sites during the same time period.
aquatic ecology, marine ecology, ggplot2, Pearson correlation coefficient, Simple Linear Regression, nitrogen, James River, tidyverse, chesapeake bay, water quality, phosphorus, harmful algae blooms, virginia, Introductory, Article, Lecture, Undergraduate, Dataset, Publication, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Cleaned, Activity Length, 1 Hour, Conference material
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05.2021
An urban heat island is an urban or metropolitan area that is on average far warmer than the surrounding rural areas. In this lesson we will study the impact these warmer temperatures have on the carbon sequestration of urban trees.
RStudio, decision trees, urban ecology, Carbon sequestration of forests vegetation, Urban heat island, Introductory, High School, Undergraduate, Audience Level, Majors, Non-majors, Open Source, Open Data, Open Science
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05.2021

Ingestion of Microplastics by Coral

Alyssa Hoekstra

Version: 1.0

QUBES lesson on ingestion of microplastics by coral. Lesson will give environmental background and then use R for hands-on statistical analyses, followed by critical thinking questions.
statistics, R, environment, microplastic pollution, coral, wilcoxon, Introductory, Lab, Online course, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Majors, Non-majors, Activity Length, 1 Hour, More than 1 hour
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05.2021
Urbanization effects stream ecosystems by introducing pollutants to the streams.. This has detrimental effects on the life of the streams such as the aquatic macroinvertebrates who are in charge of leaf litter decomposition.
aquatic macroinvertebrates, Stream ecology, urbanization, s, urban runoff, Lecture, Undergraduate, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Activity Length, 1 Hour
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05.2021
This lesson will provide an explanation of mountaintop removal mining, and potential harms associated with it. Then the lesson will move into a statistical analysis of salamanders living in streams near mountaintop removal sites.
ANOVA, salamander, salamanders, mountaintop, mining, Article, Online course, Undergraduate, Publication, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Advanced, Activity Length, 1 Hour
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05.2021
In this lesson, students will explore the relationship between reef cover and human disturbance. Students will manipulate a large dataset and perform normality tests, data transformations, correlations, and a simple linear regression in R Studio.
population dynamics, human, linear regression, conservation, correlation, Restoration, coral reefs, Introductory, Article, Undergraduate, Publication, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Majors, Non-majors, Activity Length, 1 Hour
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05.2021
In this lesson, users will play the role of a fisheries biologist by tackling a contemporary fisheries research problem by performing data normality tests, data transformations, nonparametric analysis, and data visualization in R Studio.
test, R Markdown, fisheries science, anadromous, chesapeake bay, river herring, fisheries management, electronic fish counter, blueback herring, alewife, virginia, chickahominy, river, walker's dam, nonparametric, wilcoxon, signed, rank, normality, fish migration, Undergraduate, Dataset, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Cleaned, Activity Length, Less than 1 hour
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05.2021
Creating and comparing boosted regression tree models to multiple regression models.
Article, Online course, Undergraduate, Dataset, Publication, Faculty, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Cleaned, Graduate, Advanced, Activity Length, More than 1 hour
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05.2020

Aquatic Nutrient Levels and Climate Change

Elli Bosch, Kaycee Faunce, Amanda Thompson

Version: 1.0

This learning module was designed to introduce students to the aquatic nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus, their roles in ecosystem function and nutrient pollution, and what impacts climate change might have on their presence and effects in aquatic systems
climate change, nitrogen, water resources, freshwater systems, Eutrophication, water quality, nutrient pollution, phosphorus, discharge, TMDL, Introductory, Lecture, Undergraduate, Dataset, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Cleaned, Activity Length, More than 1 hour
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07.2019

Striped Bass: A Regulatory Success Story

J. Alexander McCrickard, Angela Hanretty, Amanda Thompson

Version: 1.0

This module examines the Maryland striped bass moratorium (1985-1989) as a fisheries management success story. Maryland DNR striped bass young of the year data is utilized for least squares linear regression analysis.
regression, fisheries, monitoring, recruitment, striped bass, moratorium, fish biology, fisheries ecology, spawning, anadromous, young of the year, relative abundance, chesapeake bay, fish population, Lecture, Undergraduate, Dataset, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Cleaned, Activity Length, More than 1 hour
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07.2019