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    Spatial Analysis with QGIS
    Map specimen data points using QGIS, connect them to form a polygon using the Concave Hull plugin, and calculate the range of a species to examine how it changes over time.

    Keywords: natural history collectionsspecies distributionscourse-based research experiences (CUREs)spatial analysisdigitized natural history collectionsQGIS

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    Movement: Nature's Flying Machines (Online)
    Adapted for online learning: In this lab, you will explore the physics of flight, the adaptations that make powered flight possible, and the evolution of powered flight in vertebrates and...

    Keywords: citizen sciencequantitative skillsDigital RepositoryFlight

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    Introduction to Data Management and Metadata using NEON aquatic macroinvertebrate data
    This lesson focuses on understanding metadata, the data about the data, using aquatic macroinvertebrate abundance and species information from a variety of NEON sampling locations.

    Keywords: data managementSpreadsheetmetadata

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    Diseasebots
    This module explores the effects of host density on contact rates and transmission of pathogens or mutualist symbionts using a hands-on simulation, a computer agent-based model in NetLogo, and an...

    Keywords: NetLogoDisease ecologydensity dependenceSpreadsheethost-parasitemutualismOpen-inquiry group projectsmanipulative models (‘beanbag biology’)plotting

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    Natural Selection and Galápagos Finches
    A worksheet and accompanying data set that guides students through making and interpreting frequency distributions, selection differentials, and fitness functions.

    Keywords: EvolutionResources @ HHMI - BioInteractive

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    How many critters can an island hold? Using digitized natural history collections to test real hypotheses about island biogeography
    Use digitized natural history specimen data from the Alexander Archipelago in Alaska to explore hypotheses about island biogeography. Reprinted from Proceedings of the Association for Biology...

    Keywords: Island biogeographyArctosdigitized natural history collectionsdigital data

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    Sexual Dimorphism CURE: Exploring Melanized Wing Patterns of Pieridae Butterflies
    Teach a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) using digitized natural history collections data to test hypotheses on sexually dimorphic wing melanization patterns of Pieris rapae...

    Keywords: data analysismorphologyidigbiosexual dimorphismdata managementImageJsexual selectionnatural history collectionsbutterflycourse-based research experiences (CUREs)digitized natural history collectionsQGISmorphometricsBCEENETgeoreferencing

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    Fitting Exponential and Logistic Growth Models to Bacterial Cell Count Data
    In this activity, students will model a noisy set of bacterial cell count data using both exponential and logistic growth models. For each model the students will plot the data (or a linear...

    Keywords: modelingdata analysislinear regressiongraphingExponentsoptimizationcalculusInterpreting GraphsFunctionsqbccCellular and Molecular BiologyChoosing modelsUnderstanding ratesConcepts in Statisticsmeasurementsmanipulating equationscreating graphsExponential and Logarithmic Functionsinterpreting tables

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    The River Breathes: Stream reach metabolism as an integrative and comparable measure of stream processes
    Stream reach metabolism integrates organism respiration & production to provide a valuable ecosystem measure that varies as a function of biotic & abiotic factors. As a powerful indicator of whole...

    Keywords: ecosystem respirationMetabolismriverRespirationproductionRiver Field Studies NetworkDissolved OxygenStream MetabolismEcosystem ProductionStreamField LessonGuided Student ReflectionStudent Reflection

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    Bioimage Informatics Activity
    Students use basic bioimage informatics techniques to acquire quantitative data from images of cultured cells and test a hypothesis about the effect of a genetic mutation on cellular phenotypes

    Keywords: geneticsResources @ HHMI - BioInteractivegenomicscancergenetic basis of diseasebiology of cells

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    Phenology Trends and Climate Change in Minnesota (Project EDDIE): A focus on American elm
    In this module, students will practice answering a specific question about how climate change has affected flowering date in American elm trees.
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    Phenology Trends and Climate Change in Minnesota (Project EDDIE)
    In this module, students will practice answering a specific question about how climate change has affected flowering date in American elm trees. Students can then practice on a species of their own...
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    Ecology of Infectious Disease: Data Mining the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) for Ecological Patterns
    How to use publicly available infection case data to teach ecology and evolution of human infectious diseases.

    Keywords: Evolutionecologyinfectious diseasehumansjigsawsmall group workEvolutionary medicinedata explorationCDCNNDSS

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    A Tough Choice in Watershed Management
    In this Team-based activity, students work in teams, playing the role of natural resource managers who must decide in which region to invest limited funding for nutrient reduction in streams....

    Keywords: Stream ecologyBox PlotsSpreadsheetGroup cooperative learningTeam-based LearningBiogeochemical cycles

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    Unwrapping Enzyme Kinetics
    Enzyme rates and kinetics are key components used by biochemists to understand how enzymes function. However, students often find it difficult to understand how these experiments are performed and...

    Keywords: kineticsstructure-functionenzymescatalysis

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    My Dog IS My Homework: Exploring Canine Genetics to Understand Genotype-Phenotype Relationships
    To facilitate understanding of the fundamental genetic concept of the genotype-phenotype relationship in our introductory biology students, we designed an engaging multi-week series of related...

    Keywords: gel electrophoresissequence analysiscanine geneticsdeoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)dog coat morphologygenotype and phenotypemutationsPolymerase chain reaction (PCR)single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)

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    Gotcha! Which fly trap is the best? An introduction to experimental data collection and analysis
    Collecting data from experimental observations is an important component of the scientific process; likewise, the analysis of the data is essential to understanding the observed trends and patterns...

    Keywords: data analysisexperimental designdata collectionfruit fliesfly traps

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    A virtual laboratory on cell division using a publicly-available image database
    Cell division is a key concept in cell biology. While there are many popular activities to teach students the stages of mitosis, most make use of simple schematics, cartoons, or textbook diagrams....

    Keywords: image analysismicroscopymitosisCellular Processes

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    Online Adaptation to "Gotcha! Which fly trap is the best? An introduction to experimental data collection and analysis"
    We present here a simple and engaging experiment capitalizing on the universal need to rid our homes of fruit flies to teach experimental design and analysis. In an earlier paper, we described an...

    Keywords: data analysisexperimental designolfaction

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    Promoting Climate Change Literacy for Non-majors: Implementation of an atmospheric carbon dioxide modeling activity as an inquiry-based classroom activity
    Students who are directly involved in scientific activities develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of both scientific knowledge and the scientific process. This understanding is critically...

    Keywords: modelingExcelquantitativeclimate changeEnvironmental Biologyatmospheric carbon dioxide

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