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  1. Online Adaptation to "Gotcha! Which fly trap is the best? An introduction to experimental data collection and analysis"

    Online Adaptation to "Gotcha! Which fly trap is the best? An introduction to experimental data collection and analysis"

    2021-08-30 13:54:41 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Jenna Daypuk, Michelle G. Eng, Ian Black, Danica Levesque, Jesse Petahtegoose, Mitchell Slobodian, Athena Wallis, Joël Dickinson, Thomas J.S. Merritt* | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.7

    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 experiment in which students learn the...

  2. Squirreling from Afar: Adapting Squirrel-Net Modules for Remote Teaching and Learning

    Squirreling from Afar: Adapting Squirrel-Net Modules for Remote Teaching and Learning

    2021-08-30 13:43:25 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Laurie Dizney*, Johanna Varner, Jennifer M. Duggan, Hayley C. Lanier, Patrice K. Connors, Liesl P. Erb, Elizabeth A. Flaherty, Christopher J. Yahnke, John D. Hanson | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.2

    The shift from face-to-face instruction to remote teaching and learning has proven to be a challenging endeavor for many reasons, including lack of time, resources, and inspiration. Lab courses, the "hands-on" portion of many curricula, may be especially difficult to adapt to online...

  3. How Many Squirrels Are in the Shrubs? A Lesson Plan for Comparing Methods for Population Estimation

    How Many Squirrels Are in the Shrubs? A Lesson Plan for Comparing Methods for Population Estimation

    2021-08-30 13:40:10 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Johanna Varner*, Hayley C. Lanier, Jennifer M. Duggan, Laurie Dizney, Elizabeth A. Flaherty, Patrice K. Connors, Liesl P. Erb, Christopher J. Yahnke, John D. Hanson | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.6

    Estimating the population sizes of animals is a key skill for any student interested in ecology, conservation, or management. However, counting animals in natural habitats is difficult, and the many techniques that exist each rely on assumptions that can bias results. Most wildlife courses...

  4. Sorry to Eat and Run: A Lesson Plan for Testing Trade-off in Squirrel Behavior Using Giving Up Densities (GUDs)

    Sorry to Eat and Run: A Lesson Plan for Testing Trade-off in Squirrel Behavior Using Giving Up Densities (GUDs)

    2021-08-30 13:35:33 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Christopher J. Yahnke*, Laurie Dizney, Johanna Varner, Jennifer Duggan, Hayley C. Lanier, Liesl P. Erb, Elizabeth A. Flaherty, Patrice K. Connors, John D. Hanson | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.30

    All animals need to find and compete for food, shelter, and mates in order to survive and reproduce. They also need to avoid being eaten by predators. Optimal foraging theory provides a framework to examine the trade-offs individuals make while foraging for food, taking into account an...

  5. An Introduction to the Squirrel-Net Teaching Modules

    An Introduction to the Squirrel-Net Teaching Modules

    2021-08-30 13:30:32 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Laurie Dizney*, Patrice K. Connors, Johanna Varner, Jennifer M. Duggan, Hayley C. Lanier, Liesl P. Erb, Elizabeth A. Flaherty, Christopher J. Yahnke, John D. Hanson | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.26

    Although course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) are gaining popularity in biology, most are designed for benchwork-based laboratory courses while few focus on field-based skills. Many barriers to implementing field CUREs exist, including the difficulty in designing authentic...

  6. Squirrels in Space: Using Radio Telemetry to Explore the Space Use and Movement of Sciurid Rodents

    Squirrels in Space: Using Radio Telemetry to Explore the Space Use and Movement of Sciurid Rodents

    2021-08-30 13:25:55 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Jennifer M. Duggan*, Johanna Varner, Hayley C. Lanier, Elizabeth A. Flaherty, Laurie Dizney, Christopher J. Yahnke, Patrice K. Connors, Liesl P. Erb, John D. Hanson | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.25

    Biotelemetry is used by researchers to track the interactions of animals with each other and the environment. While advancing technology has led to the development of numerous biotelemetry tools, radio telemetry remains the most common method for tracking small animals. Moreover, telemetry...

  7. Squirreling Around for Science: Observing Sciurid Rodents to Investigate Animal Behavior

    Squirreling Around for Science: Observing Sciurid Rodents to Investigate Animal Behavior

    2021-08-30 13:19:31 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Patrice K. Connors*, Johanna Varner, Liesl P. Erb, Laurie Dizney, Hayley C. Lanier, John D. Hanson, Christopher J. Yahnke, Jennifer M. Duggan, Elizabeth A. Flaherty | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.7

    Hands-on research experiences are important opportunities for students to learn about the nature of inquiry and gain confidence in solving problems. Here, we present an inquiry-based lesson plan that investigates the foraging behavior of sciurid rodents (squirrels) in local habitats. Squirrels...

  8. Using a Primary Cell Culture Model to Study the Neural Extracellular Matrix

    Using a Primary Cell Culture Model to Study the Neural Extracellular Matrix

    2021-08-30 13:00:43 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Kristin A. Giamanco* | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.9

    The extracellular matrix (ECM) provides structural support to cells, but also has key roles in mediating cell adhesion, cell signaling, and differentiation. While this topic is discussed in the lecture setting, it is not heavily studied in laboratory sessions. This lesson was created so that...

  9. Using Current Events to Teach Written, Visual, and Oral Science Communication

    Using Current Events to Teach Written, Visual, and Oral Science Communication

    2021-08-30 12:55:54 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Emily A. Lescak, Katharine C. Kelsey* | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.15

    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals need the skills to communicate with both technical and public audiences, but formal training in these skills is often lacking. In the nine-hour unit presented here, students learn to recognize the value of science...

  10. Cutthroat trout in Colorado: A case study connecting evolution and conservation

    Cutthroat trout in Colorado: A case study connecting evolution and conservation

    2021-08-30 11:56:48 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Sierra M Love Stowell, Andrew P. Martin | doi:10.24918/cs.2016.20

    Evaluation of evidence is a key process skill for the core competencies of applying the process of science and using quantitative reasoning. This case study enables upper-division biology students to practice these skills by applying evolutionary concepts to a real-world conservation problem...

  11. Developing Data Literacy Skills and Connecting the Student Experience in the Classroom to the Community Through Biodiversity Projects

    Developing Data Literacy Skills and Connecting the Student Experience in the Classroom to the Community Through Biodiversity Projects

    2021-08-30 11:53:47 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Jessica Lee Joyner*, Kelly L. O'Donnell | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.13

    Undergraduate education and long-term science literacy are enhanced by integrating data projects with public datasets and creating analysis summaries. Underutilized public datasets are often generated by community-based or citizen science projects to address conservation issues supported...

  12. Exploring the Lytic and Lysogenic Life Cycles of Bacteriophages

    Exploring the Lytic and Lysogenic Life Cycles of Bacteriophages

    2021-08-30 00:48:27 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Jaimy P. Joy | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.6

    The goal of this lesson is to introduce students to the lytic and lysogenic cycles of T4 and lambda bacteriophages, respectively, using student-centered pedagogies. Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria and are either virulent or temperate; virulent phages can only undergo the lytic...

  13. Ain't No Mountain Pine Enough: A Case Study of How Mountain Pine Beetles are Affecting Ecosystem Processes

    Ain't No Mountain Pine Enough: A Case Study of How Mountain Pine Beetles are Affecting Ecosystem Processes

    2021-08-30 00:44:20 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Chiara Forrester, Kendi F. Davies, Laura Dee, Lisa Corwin* | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.11

    This case study engages students in generating hypotheses and predictions, analyzing and interpreting data, critically evaluating contrasting results in science, and thinking about feedbacks between biota and abiotic ecosystem dynamics. To address these areas, students use primary literature...

  14. Adaptation and Facilitation of Small Group Activities in an Online Introductory Biology Class

    Adaptation and Facilitation of Small Group Activities in an Online Introductory Biology Class

    2021-08-30 00:41:35 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Patrick W. Cafferty | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.9

    In spring 2020, the sudden mid-semester closure of my campus in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a rapid transition to emergency online learning. Consequently, I adapted the small group activities and facilitation methods of my face-to-face introductory biology class to a...

  15. A Quick and Simple Natural Selection Role Play

    A Quick and Simple Natural Selection Role Play

    2021-08-30 00:37:13 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Katelyn J. Butler | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.10

    Teaching evolution remains a challenging task in biology education. Students enter the classroom with stubborn misconceptions and many traditional examples of the process of evolution may not resonate with students. This short role play activity is designed to easily integrate into any class...

  16. Biodiversity Show and Tell: An Accessible Activity to Encourage Students to Explore the Tree of Life

    Biodiversity Show and Tell: An Accessible Activity to Encourage Students to Explore the Tree of Life

    2021-08-30 00:34:13 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Sarah R. Stockwell*, Jessica A. Davids | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.8

    An appreciation of organismal diversity is a requirement for understanding evolution and ecology, and can serve as a source of amazement and wonder that inspires students to enjoy biology. However, biodiversity can be a challenging subject to teach: it often turns into a procession of facts to...

  17. Generating Biological Hypotheses in a "Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience"(CURE) Course

    Generating Biological Hypotheses in a "Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience"(CURE) Course

    2021-08-30 00:30:21 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Priyanjali Ghosh | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.3

    Hypotheses are often incorrectly defined as educated guesses or if/then statements. Further confusion arises from the fact that not all disciplines define hypotheses similarly. The difficulty in distinguishing between statistical and biological hypotheses has led to the...

  18. Engaging Undergraduates in Mechanisms of Tubular Reabsorption and Secretion in the Mammalian Kidney

    Engaging Undergraduates in Mechanisms of Tubular Reabsorption and Secretion in the Mammalian Kidney

    2021-08-30 00:27:18 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Kristen A. Roosa | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.4

    If students fail to see the connections among physiological systems, they can become overwhelmed with the amount of information they need to learn. Some students have particular difficulty with the renal system for this reason. This lesson was developed to emphasize two general models in...

  19. Exploring Primary Scientific Literature through the Lens of the 5 Core Concepts of Biology

    Exploring Primary Scientific Literature through the Lens of the 5 Core Concepts of Biology

    2021-08-30 00:24:03 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Kyriaki Chatzikyriakidou, Chelsey Manrique, Marie Janelle Tacloban, Melissa McCartney* | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.5

    Biology students at the undergraduate level usually excel in knowing biological facts; however, they often struggle with connecting these facts to specific biological principles. In parallel, undergraduate students often struggle to read primary scientific literature (PSL), possibly for the...

  20. Nanoparticles and Shrimp: An Interdisciplinary Lab Series in Chemistry and Biology for Undergraduate Engineering Students

    Nanoparticles and Shrimp: An Interdisciplinary Lab Series in Chemistry and Biology for Undergraduate Engineering Students

    2021-08-30 00:20:21 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Laurie E. Grove*, Ryan P. Rogers, Sara Alibeik | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.52

    The parallels between engineering and science are vast, as both disciplines apply theory and inquiry to solve complex problems. In order to prepare students for interdisciplinary careers in STEM, we have developed a lab project in which engineering students in an Engineering Chemistry course...