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Save the Bees, Ditch the Plow: A lesson exploring how squash bee abundance is affected by varying levels of soil disturbance.

Author(s): Grace Lumsden-Cook

Virginia Commonwealth University

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The purpose of this lesson is to explore the effects that three varying degrees of soil disturbance has on the squash bee abundance that is observed. We will learn about the importance of plant-pollinator interactions, and the methods used to…

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The purpose of this lesson is to explore the effects that three varying degrees of soil disturbance has on the squash bee abundance that is observed. We will learn about the importance of plant-pollinator interactions, and the methods used to analyze pollinator count data. Using R Studio, an open-access software program, we will fit a linear mixed model using the lme4 package, an anova() test. Finally, we will learn about how community-based monitoring efforts can inform future pollinator conservation efforts.

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This lesson contains:

1. A five minute video pitch (slideshow) introducing the lesson

2. A student lesson document

3. An instructor version of the lesson document

4. A dataset

5. R Markdown document for analysis

6. The focal paper that the lesson is based off of 

 

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