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Survivorship in the Natural World

Author(s): Anne Bronikowski1, Jeanne Altmann2, Diane Brockman3, Marina Cords4, Linda Fedigan5, Anne Pusey6, Tara Stoinski7, William Morris6, Karen Strier8, Susan Alberts6, Samantha Swauger9

1. Iowa State University 2. Princeton University 3. Messiah College 4. Columbia University 5. University of Calgary 6. Duke University 7. Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund 8. University of Wisconsin - Madison 9. DryadLab

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Data driven curriculum module from Dryad Digital Repository

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Version 1.0 - published on 09 Jan 2018 doi:10.25334/Q4CQ34 - cite this


Data used in this activity are derived from: Bronikowski A.M., Altmann J., Brockman D.K., Cords, M., Fedigan, L.M., Pusey, A., Stoinski, T., Morris, W.F., Strier, K.B., Alberts, S.C. (2011) Data from: Aging in the natural world: comparative data reveal similar mortality patterns across primates. Dryad Digital Repository. doi:10.5061/dryad.8682

In this data driven curriculum module students will use authentic data from Dryad Digital Repository to compare idealized survivorship curves with actual survivorship curves through the examination and manipulation of real data, allowing students to wrestle with questions about whether or not real data yields results that look like classic models. Students are then able to compare those survivorship curves to age pyramids and life histories. At completion of the module, students will understand that while idealized models have value, they do not represent the real world. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to create and manage data files, and will be able to put data into a more easily accessible format. The module contains scaffolding, and can be customized to meet the needs of students of varying abilities.

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