Using drones for conservation work with Eben Broadbent
01 Jul 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Eben Broadbent1, Megan Seifert2
1. University of Florida 2. Headwaters Science Institute
Eben N. Broadbent, PhD, is an assistant professor of forest ecology & geomatics in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida, with a PhD in Biology (Ecology &...
Using Grassy Narrows in a Live Classroom with Clicker Questions and Interactive Histogram: Sampling Distributions, Probability, and Hypothesis Testing
24 May 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jonathan Andrew Akin
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Students are introduced to concepts of sampling distributions, p-values, and hypothesis testing. Using both simulated and real data for methylmercury level in fish populations, students will...
22 May 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Mary Vanderschoot
Wheaton College, Wheaton IL USA
In this activity, students will apply a variety of techniques for analyzing nonlinear systems (e.g., nullclines, linearization, and technologies for drawing phase portraits) to study...
By William (Bill) Skerbitz
Students will walk through a detailed derivation and review of basic population models (exponential and logistic) to create and understand variations of those models.
17 May 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Stephen Morse1, Brian Allen1, Stanley Florkowski1
United States Military Academy, West Point, NY USA
The primary aim of this project is to draw a connection between differential equations and vector calculus, using population ecology modeling as a vehicle.
The Influence of Exotic Plant Invasion on Pollinator Abundance
11 May 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Maxcy Nicole Hill
Virginia Commonwealth University
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....
River and Tree health of the Truckee River Basin with Noelle Patterson
10 May 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Noelle Patterson
University of California, Davis
Today we are highlighting our talk with Ph.D. student Noelle Patterson discussing watersheds, the history of the Truckee River Basin, and the health of Cottonwoods in the region.
Fluoxetine and Crab Behavior: Multiple Linear Regression
09 May 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Leah Shotwell
This publication explores the behavioral influence of pharmaceutical pollution on a species of estuarine crab. Fluoxetine is a commonly prescribed, fairly effective anti-depressant and anti-anxiety...
By Jacob Duncan
Winona State University, Winona MN USA
We use a system of difference equations that incorporates a temperature-dependent MPB population growth rate to model the outbreak and recovery cycle in mountain pine beetle-infested forests.
Are you teaching biostatistics with R? Suggestions to help you as work with your students.
04 May 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Olivia Tabares
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Teaching students how to code and analyze data in R is important for the fields of biology and ecology. Olivia Tabares and the Ecological Forecasting Education Working Group created this resource...
Topics in Restoration Ecology: Restoring the Red Wolf in North Carolina
02 Apr 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Zoë Swartley
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
The planet’s most endangered wolf is the red wolf, with only one wild population, a nonessential experimental group established in eastern North Carolina, of 15-17 individuals in existence as of...
Ecological Forecasting Repository of Online Educational Resources
18 Dec 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Alyssa Willson, Jody Peters1
University of Notre Dame
This pdf provides a list of over 100 educational resources related to tools and skills related to ecological forecasting.
16 Dec 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Olivia Tabares-Mendoza
Moths and Frogs and E. coli, Oh My!: Agent-based Modeling of Evolutionary Systems
03 Nov 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Alexis Garretson*1, Lorelei D. Crerar1
George Mason University
In evolution classrooms, introducing and reinforcing the idea of genetic drift and random selection can be challenging, as can be reinforcing appropriate mental models of evolution. Agent-based...
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...