The Importance of Street Trees and Urban Avifauna: A lesson exploring the relationship between urban forest and foraging birds
13 May 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Sarah B Fones
This module examines the relationship between street trees, urban avifauna, and socioeconomic gradients in the highly urbanized county of Los Angeles, California. Using edited data from a published...
Spotting Interactions: Spotted Salamanders, Beneficial Buffers, and Helpful Hydroperiods
11 May 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Liz Buikema
Virginia Commonwealth University
The purpose of this lesson is to help us better understand how we are able to conserve wetland-dependent wildlife. We will be exploring, manipulating, and analyzing data in R using a Poisson...
Ocean Acidification: Predator-Prey Interactions of Intertidal Snails and Sea Stars
By Paige Punzalan
This lesson discusses ocean acidification, its causes, and the potential dangers that it may pose to aquatic ecosystems by analyzing the relationship between intertidal invertebrates. While...
The Influence of Exotic Plant Invasion on Pollinator Abundance
By Maxcy Nicole Hill
This lesson introduces two global change factors, natural habitat loss and exotic plant invasion, and analyzes how these stressors impact the biodiversity and abundance of pollinator species....
Water We Doing: A Deep Dive Into Sustainable Ocean Management & Blue Economies
By Rachel Kline
This lesson explores the concept of blue economies and includes a detailing lesson in R that involves basic statistics and building complex graphics.
Impact of Warming on Tidal Wetlands
08 May 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Erik Kaseloo
This lesson uses a t-test and ANOVA to determine if higher temperatures will have a significant impact on change in mangrove height, change in belowground biomass, and change in surface elevation...
Pesticide-Driven Bee Mortality: An Introduction to Survival Analysis in R
06 May 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Megan Black
In this lesson, students will receive an introduction to survival analysis in R utilizing data on bee mortality caused by pesticide exposure. In their code, students will assess survivability,...
Green Infrastructure/Green Roofs (Project Eddie)
11 Apr 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Elizabeth Farrell
SUNY Nassau Community College
Runoff in urban areas is an increasingly important issue when it comes to water quality. It is a major hydrologic issue in New York City, as urban infrastructure creates excess runoff and...
Prairie Eco Services (Project EDDIE)
By Kelly Knight
Houston Community College
As densely populated urban areas continue to expand, human activity is removing much-needed greenspaces from our communities; in turn, we are also removing critical buffers that are needed to...
Hypoxia in Coastal Marine Ecosystems (Project Eddie)
By Annette Brickley1, Kathy Browne2, Gabi Smalley2
1. NES-LTER Education & Outreach Coordinator 2. Rider University
Aquatic ecosystems are home to a complex intersection of physical and biological factors and an intersection of natural and anthropogenic factors. In the Chesapeake Bay, low oxygen events have...
Interpreting the Pseudocot Phylogeny
07 Feb 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Kristy L Daniel
Texas State University
Students use physical characteristics, genetics, and a fossil record of hypothetical flowering plants to develop fundamental phylogenetic tree-building skills.
Introduction to nucleotide sequence analysis and protein modeling in MEGA and PyMol using coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
03 Feb 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Maria Shumskaya1, Christopher Zambell1, Nicholas Lorusso2
1. Kean University 2. University of North Texas at Dallas
Introduction into computational approaches in phylogeny and protein modeling based on coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (caused COVID-19 pandemic). Two self-guided tutorials for standard lab classes of 2.5...
Tree Biomass and Phenology
By Noam Tomoya Altman-Kurosaki1, Emily Rose Brown2, Sarah Roney1, Emily Weigel1
1. Georgia Institute of Technology 2. Florida Gulf Coast University
This lesson centers around understanding the connection of tree biomass and phenology with climate change. It uses both swirl and LearnR lessons in the R programming language to help students make...
Studying phylogeny by producing phylogenetic trees of primates using morphological and molecular characteristics.
26 Jan 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Chas. Kennedy
An assignment constructing phylogenetic trees using shared, derived morphological traits and molecular differences among 18 primate species and two outlier species has been developed. Skull and...
Sharing Stories: Developing OER around Podcasts
03 Dec 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By J. Phil Gibson1, Carlos Christopher Goller2, Stefanie Kring3, Darlene Panvini4, Justin Pruneski5, Ellen Wisner6
1. University of Oklahoma 2. North Carolina State University 3. Clarkson University 4. Belmont University 5. Heidelberg University 6. University of North Carolina Charlotte
Our team met in the fall of 2021 to discuss and develop resources around podcasts. We created lists of podcast episodes for several courses, learned about listening guides, shared assignment...
Investigating human impacts on Southeastern US stream ecology using R
01 Nov 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Alicia Caughman1, Emily Weigel1
Georgia Institute of Technology
Adaptation of the "Investigating human impacts on stream ecology: Scaling up from Local to National with a focus on the Southeast" specifically to focus on self-paced R code instruction
Mapping Specimen Occurrence Data in QGIS
24 Sep 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Cecily Bronson
Use digitized natural history collection occurrence data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) to map the distribution of the beaver in the state of Oregon from 1800-2020 using QGIS
Exploring Marine Primary Productivity with Descriptive Statistics and Graphing in Excel
02 Sep 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Marina McLeod1, Jennifer Olson1, Wendy Houston1
Everett Community College
In this activity, students use real water chemistry data and descriptive statistics in Excel to examine primary productivity in an urban estuary of the Salish Sea. They will consider how actual...
Climate change and Strawberries: A real-life problem-based activity for teaching ANOVA
08 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Nicole Hopkins1, Holly Felker1, Catharine Dickerson1, Terry O'Brien1, Dex Whittinghill1, Nathan Ruhl1
This is a real-life lab activity for teaching ANOVA using Problem-Based Learning and formatted for one-day (JMP or R) or two-day (JMP) implementations.
Assessing Socioeconomic Trends in Tree Cover and Human Health in Urban Environments
02 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Tamara Basham
Collin County Commuity College District
In this exercise, students use a combination of publicly available data and tree cover data that they generate using iTree Canopy to test whether tree cover is equitably distributed within the city...