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    Module 3: What on Earth is a Herbarium?
    The goal of this activity is to introduce students to herbarium specimens and why they are an important source of information. The emphasis of this activity is on examining the types of data that...

    Keywords: natural history collectionsherbariumHerbarium digitizationYnez Mexia

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    Learn Biological Sciences and Mathematics through cellular respiration, photosynthesis and primary productivity.
    Photosynthesis is a process by which plants synthesize glucose and oxygen in presence of sunlight through light dependent reactions by utilization of sunlight, water to synthesize oxygen, ATP and...

    Keywords: mathematicssimulationThe Analysis of Biological DataMetabolic Pathwaysprocess of sciencephotosynthesisqbccBiological ScienceshypothesisCellular Respirationprimary productivity

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    Module 1: Discovering Your Family's “Botanical History.”
    We all know that understanding family history is important to understanding our place in the world. To help students learn to appreciate plants, this activity will connect family memories to...

    Keywords: botanyherbariumPlant awareness disparityfamily history

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    Module 2: Opening Your Eyes to the Diversity of Plants
    This activity picks up from Module 1 where students chose the plant they wanted to represent their botanical history. In that module, they each identified their plant’s family and were given its...

    Keywords: botanyPlant diversityLand plantsembryophytes

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    Biomes lecture with active learning activities and a worksheet set
    Learning Objectives: *Identify the characteristics of each biome *Know the major drivers of global climate patterns *Discern how 2 factors largely determine terrestrial biomes *Evaluate the...

    Keywords: lecture slidesgraphsglobal warmingclimatebiomesConvergent Evolution

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    Constructing Phylogenies using Herbarium Specimens
    This lab is intended as an introduction to a plant systematics course. Students work in groups of two to apply what they have learned about plant structures to develop a character matrix based on a...

    Keywords: botanyphylogenyherbariumdistance learningPlant systematicscharacter matrix

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    Is everything bigger in Texas? Introduction to Statistics with the Rock Pocket Mouse (Chaetodipus intermedius)
    Natural history museums often contain large collections of the same species and therefore, are a resource for studying intraspecific variation. This module uses 172 images of rock pocket mouse...

    Keywords: statisticsnatural history museumsdistance learningStudy Designintraspecific variation

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    Observing the Birds of El Paso: Revisiting historical localities online and in the field
    In this set of activities, students are introduced to several features and use cases of museum databases to understand the importance of historical natural history specimens and their data. Using...

    Keywords: databaseBiodiversityOrnithologynatural history museumsspecies distributionsdistance learningField Experiences

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    Introduction to Assessing Biodiversity: Bivalves of the Rio Grande Area
    Learning to identify taxa is a key skill gained in many systematics classes. This module aims to introduce students to concepts and resources for identifying organisms and assessing species...

    Keywords: Biodiversityspecies distributionsdistance learninginvertebrate zoologyMuseum databases data literacyidentification

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    Introduction to Plant Phenology with Museum Specimens of Desert Prickly Pear (Opuntia phaeacantha)
    Students engage in hands-on exploration of phenology by working with digitized herbarium specimens, particularly focusing on prickly pear specimens from the UTEP herbarium. They learn to identify...

    Keywords: botanyclimate changephenologyherbariumcactus

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    Genome Solver - A bioinformatics pipeline for community science
    The Genome Solver was an NSF-funded project developed as a way to train undergraduate life science faculty in basic web-based tools for bioinformatics. As part of the project we developed a one-day...

    Keywords: phylogeneticsbacteriophagebacteriaHorizontal Gene transferGenome Analysis

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    Using Regression Models to Examine the Effect of Carbon Dioxide on Fluid pH
    In this activity students will use statistics and regression models to explore the effects of carbon dioxide on blood pH by measuring pH changes that occur over time as carbon dioxide reacts with...

    Keywords: BiochemistryphysiologyAnatomyGeneral BiologyChoosing modelsCreate graphsInterpret graphsConcepts in Statisticscreate modelsmake predictions

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    Using Aquatic Macroinvertebrates in Stream Bioassessment
    Bioassessment is an evaluation of the biological condition of a waterbody using biological surveys and other direct measurements of resident living organisms. Aquatic macroinvertebrates are...

    Keywords: toleranceMacroinvertebratesRiver Field Studies Networkbioindicatorbioassessmentstream health

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    What Shapes a River: Field Lesson
    This lesson introduces students to field methods and theoretical concepts regarding the factors that shape river environments and ecosystems. Introductory material is followed by instruction in...

    Keywords: substrateRiver Field Studies Network Fluvial GeomorphologyWolman Pebble CountBankful FlowSediment Transport.

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    A STEAM Approach to Understanding Water Systems
    Students will investigate their relationships to water through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) using a combination of science, art, and reflection and build new...

    Keywords: STEAMwater qualitypollutionRiver Field Studies Networkwatershedparticipatory mappingPhotovoice

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    Geography and Embodied Perceptions: a pathway to reanimating rivers through lived experiences.
    In this lesson students embark upon a journey through the many ways we come to know a watershed, with foci on its physical geography and our embodied perceptions. This enables students to formulate...

    Keywords: PhilosophygeographyRiver Field Studies Networkperceptionwatershednature journalexperiencesensationhumanityplacehomeembodied perceptionsense of placeplace attachmenttransdisciplinaryqualitative methodscalable

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    Understanding Fish Habitat Selection Using Snorkel Surveys
    Identifying the habitat selection patterns of aquatic species is necessary for protecting threatened and endangered native fishes, as well as for producing satisfying and exciting sport fisheries....

    Keywords: fishfisheriesstreamshabitatRiver Field Studies NetworkResource Selection

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    Microhabitats and macroinvertebrates: Logjam influences on stream morphology and macroinvertebrate traits
    Logjams are important hydrologic features that shape stream channel morphology and create habitat for organisms. In this lesson, students learn about and measure logjams in a wadeable stream and...

    Keywords: aquatic macroinvertebrateswoodriparian ecologyhabitatfunctional feeding groupRiver Field Studies Networklarge wood

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    Measuring streamflow using the float method
    Streamflow, the amount of water flowing in a creek, stream, or river at a certain point in time, is critical to people and the environment. Knowing the amount of flowing water is important for...

    Keywords: River Field Studies Networkstreamflowstreamflow measurements

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    Time Immemorial: Water Governance Approaches and Indigenous Rights
    The purpose of this experiential lesson is to introduce students to key concepts in water governance in the United States, and provide them with the opportunity to reflect on the western and...

    Keywords: River Field Studies Networkwater governanceprior appropriationtime immemorialfield observationsIndigenous water rights

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