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A Hands-on Introduction to Hidden Markov Models
04 Jan 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Tony Weisstein1, Elena Gracheva2, Zane Goodwin2, Zongtai Qi2, Wilson Leung2, Christopher D. Shaffer2, Sarah C.R. Elgin2
1. Truman State University 2. Washington University in St. Louis
A lesson in which students will understand the basic structure of an HMM, the types of data used in ab initio gene prediction, and its consequent limitations.
Data simulation and randomization tests
03 Jan 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By James S. Santangelo
University of Toronto
A participatory live-coding lesson on simulating data and performing randomization tests on ecological data in R.
Exploration of the Human Genome by Investigation of Personalized SNPs
By Lani C. Keller
To increase students' interest in their own genomes, this computer-based laboratory lesson is designed to be coupled with the opportunity for the students to be genotyped by the consumer sequencing...
The Ames Test
By Nathan Goodson-Gregg, Elizabeth A. De Stasio
Introduction to the Ames Test, published as GSA Learning Resource
Working with plant phenology data and fitting a nonlinear model using least squares in R
21 Dec 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Madeleine Bonsma-Fisher1, Ahmed Hasan1
A participatory live-coding lesson on working with NEON phenology data and fitting a sine-wave model todetermine when different species get and lose their leaves.
MathBench: Biodiversity Assessment of Stream Biota
By Rebekah Chapman
Georgia State University
The MathBench module, "The Case of the Missing Mountaintop" introduces students to the concept of biodiversity and measures used to quantify biodiversity and stream health. Students investigate the...
The nose knows: How tri-trophic interactions and natural history shape bird foraging behavior. An introduction to statistical analysis in animal behavior research
20 Dec 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Julia Burrows
Students investigate the role of olfaction and infochemicals on bird foraging behavior through two different quantitative activities where they generate hypotheses, create figures, conduct data...
Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests: Learning How Plants Move Around
By Sunshine Liberty Brosi
Frostburg State University
This module focuses on the dispersal of seeds from trees in fragmented tropical forests. Students use data from published studies to understand patterns of seed dispersal and apply these ideas to...
Leaf litter and soil invertebrates
05 Dec 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Tanya Matlaga1, Emily Mausteller2
1. Susquehanna University 2. Marshall University
The diversity of invertebrates occupying the leaf litter and organic layer of soil can be quantified to examine abiotic and biotic questions. This lab can be used as a starting point for a...
Bioinformatics - Investigating Sequence Similarity
04 Dec 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Adam Kleinschmit1, Benita Brink1, Steven Roof2, Carlos Christopher Goller3, Sabrina Robertson3
1. Adams State University 2. Fairmont State University 3. North Carolina State University
This laboratory module, leads introductory biology students in the exploration of a basic set of bioinformatics concepts and tools.
Developing quantitative skills for ecological data: the effects of climate warming on phenological variation and species interactions
21 Nov 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jill Hamilton1, Zachary Tarble1
North Dakota State University
Students combine long-term observational data sets and experimental warming in an alpine meadow in Gothic, CO to test, evaluate, and interpret ecological data focusing on phenological variation and...
Joel E. Greengiant Learns About Peas: From Nucleotides to Selection
23 Oct 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Merle Heidemann1, Peter J.T. White1, Jim Smith1
Michigan State University
This case study follows purveyors of peas, Joel E. and Jolene Greengiant, as they learn about the origin, biochemistry, genetics and eventual artificial selection of sweet (wrinkled) peas, all in...
The Evolution of Color Vision in Monkeys: From Nucleotides to Ecology
This case study examines the evolution color vision in Old World and New World monkeys from multiple biological perspectives.
Sample NetLogo Code of Bacterial Growth
01 Oct 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Anne Elizabeth Yust
The New School
Each NetLogo file is a sequential version of the final bacterial growth model produced in the Bacterial Growth Tutorial. These are to be used as checks to one's understanding alongside the tutorial.
17 Sep 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jeremy M Wojdak1, R. S. Maxwell1
Dendroclimatologists can reconstruct climate records further into the past than written records, by examining tree rings. Students "reverse-engineer" this process by considering growth rates of a...
3D breast cancer tissue reconstruction
By Jeremy M Wojdak1, Kerri-Ann Norton2
1. Radford University 2. Johns Hopkins University
This module allows students to follow a researcher as she discovers new features of breast cancer tissue architecture, using 3D reconstructions of histological specimens.
Pokemon Go and Ecology
12 Sep 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Elizabeth C Davis-Berg1, Joshua Drew2, Stephanie Sardelis
1. Columbia College Chicago 2. Columbia College
These are resources associated with using Pokemon Go to teach concepts in Ecology.
Phenotypic plasticity and predation
29 Aug 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jeremy M Wojdak1, Justin Touchon2
1. Radford University 2. Vassar College
Students predict changes to tadpole morphology and coloration after considering characteristics of the predator species and the prey themselves then test their own hypotheses (typically with...
24 Aug 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
Leaf cutter ant foraging
By Jeremy M Wojdak1, Justin Touchon2, Myra Hughey2
This module introduces students to leaf-cutter ants in the rainforests of Panama. Students derive their own research hypotheses regarding ant foraging or allometric scaling relationships.