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An ecology laboratory focusing upon the concept of species richness and its study.
From the module:
Students learn how to test hypotheses related to the local, regional, and continental determinants of local breeding bird species richness, using georeferenced data from standardized point counts and remotely-sensed data, including orthoimages and continental-scale land use and land cover. The exercise is intended as a small-group bounded inquiry. The activity requires a short period of in-class introduction and time for student presentations, but completion of the exercise can be done outside of class.
Cite this work
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Langen, T. A. 2012. Drivers of Avian Local Species Richness: Continental-Scale Gradients, Regional Landscape, or Local Land Cover? Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, 8(2) (http://tiee.esa.org/vol/v8/experiments/langen/abstract.html)