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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...
Sorry to Eat and Run: A Lesson Plan for Testing Trade-off in Squirrel Behavior Using Giving Up Densities (GUDs)
30 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Christopher J. Yahnke*1, Laurie Dizney2, Johanna Varner3, Jennifer Duggan4, Hayley C. Lanier5, Liesl P. Erb6, Elizabeth A. Flaherty7, Patrice K. Connors3, John D. Hanson8
1. University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point 2. University of Portland 3. Colorado Mesa University 4. California State University, Monterey Bay 5. University of Oklahoma 6. Warren Wilson College 7. Purdue University 8. Institute for Biodiversity Research and Education
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...
An Introduction to the Squirrel-Net Teaching Modules
By Laurie Dizney*1, Patrice K. Connors2, Johanna Varner2, Jennifer M. Duggan3, Hayley C. Lanier4, Liesl P. Erb5, Elizabeth A. Flaherty6, Christopher J. Yahnke7, John D. Hanson8
1. University of Portland 2. Colorado Mesa University 3. California State University, Monterey Bay 4. University of Oklahoma 5. Warren Wilson College 6. Purdue University 7. University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point 8. Institute for Biodiversity Research and Education
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....
Biodiversity Show and Tell: An Accessible Activity to Encourage Students to Explore the Tree of Life
29 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Sarah R. Stockwell*1, Jessica A. Davids1
University of California San Diego
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,...
Exploring Species Interactions with "Snapshot Serengeti"
By Meredith S. Palmer*1, Charlie Willis2, Katherine Barry2, Craig Packer2, Annika Moe2, Deena Wassenberg2
1. Princeton University 2. University of Minnesota
Authentic learning experiences are a valuable way for students to gain an in-depth understanding of the scientific process. However, implementing such experiences in large enrollment courses can be...
A Remote Introductory Biology Lab Using Backyard Birdwatching to Teach Data Analysis and Communication
By Jennifer J. Rahn
William & Mary
Asking questions, designing experiments, collecting data and interpreting those data, and communicating the results are some of the most important concepts an undergraduate biology lab can teach...
Science Behind the Lesson: It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Biomechanics!
By Danielle Ingle*1, Ryan Bruellman1, Erick Espana1, Katherine Galloway1, Tanner Anderson1, Tricia L. Meredith1, Marianne E. Porter1
Florida Atlantic University
Active flight is a specialized mode of movement found in insects, birds, and mammals. The anatomy, morphology, physiology, and ecology of flying taxa has changed over evolutionary time. Researchers...
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's biomechanics!
Biomechanics is a discipline that draws from physics and engineering principles to understand the movement and structure of living organisms. It is highly interdisciplinary in nature and can be...
Quantifying and Visualizing Campus Tree Phenology
28 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Nathan Emery*1, Caleb Trujillo1, Andrew Jarosz1, Tammy Long1
Michigan State University
Large enrollment courses present a challenge for instructors who want to engage students in authentic science practices that fit the recommendations of Vision & Change. Our lesson provides a...
Dynamic Daphnia: An inquiry-based research experience in ecology that teaches the scientific process to first-year biologists
By Alyssa Mae Gleichsner1, Shannon R. Butler2, Catherine L. Searle3
1. State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh 2. University of California, San Diego 3. Purdue University
This authentic research experience lesson teaches the core concept of systems and the competencies of quantitative reasoning, communication, and the ability to apply science. The research is...
Undergraduates Learn Evolution Through Teaching Kindergartners About Blind Mexican Cavefish
26 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Joshua Gross1, Andrew Gangidine1, Rachel E. Schafer2
1. University of Cincinnati 2. Kenyon College
The development and implementation of a scientific outreach activity comes with a number of challenges. A successful outreach event must match the sophistication of content to the audience, be...