Environmental Drivers of Ecosystem Carbon Fluxes from Minutes to Years (Version 1.0)
By Christopher Gough, Cindee Giffen, and Thomas W Woodward
In this group lab activity, students build on fundamental concepts of ecosystem production and carbon cycling, combining this knowledge with open long-term data from ecological (NEON and FLUXNET) and meteorological (NOAA) networks to uncover the environmental drivers of carbon fluxes for an array of different ecosystems. An optional exercise challenges students to develop a simple predictive model from carbon cycling and environmental data.
The following resources are included in this module:
Suggested readings and background presentation materials (including slides) to prepare students for the lab exercise
Lab activity instructions for students
An image-based slide tutorial for instructors and, optionally, students, which can be used during the lab activity as a guide
Open carbon flux data for the University of Michigan Biological Station Ameriflux site, US-UMB (http://ameriflux.lbl.gov/sites/siteinfo/US-UMB).
This activity assumes fluency in general ecological concepts related to ecosystem production and the carbon cycle. Prior to the group lab activity, instructors may choose to prepare students via lecture material and readings, which are provided in this module package. The first and second sections of the lab activity require 3-4 hours of time and are tailored for introductory biology majors. This activity uses a “predict-observe-explain” pedagogy to help students understand and articulate the patterns of ecosystem productivity at a variety of locations. A third optional exercise is more advanced and is best suited to upper level students and graduate classes.
Gough, C. M., Giffen, C., Woodward, T. W. (2018). Environmental Drivers of Ecosystem Carbon Fluxes from Minutes to Years. NEON Faculty Mentoring Network, QUBES Educational Resources. doi:10.25334/Q4VD7W