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...
Out of Your Seat and on Your Feet! An adaptable course-based research project in plant ecology for advanced students
25 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Michael P. Fleming
California State University, Stanislaus
University capstone projects can offer science students a rich research experience that illustrates the process of doing scientific research, and can also help students better choose future...
Graphical Organizers as Course Road Maps: Using a geologic timescale in a history of life course
22 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Matt Davis
Both major and non-major biology students lack understanding of important evolutionary events, how they are spaced in time, and how they relate back to the earth system. Graphical organizers like...
Does it pose a threat? Investigating the impact of Bt corn on monarch butterflies
20 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Sara A. Wyse
Aspiring scientists know that a hallmark of science is that experiments are repeatable and testable. However, students do not often get opportunities to explore the replicability of...
Using Linear Regression Adaptation: Exploring Vector-borne diseases in an online classroom
09 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Darcy Ernst
In this adaptation students in online classrooms will use linear regression at home and in synchronous online time to analyze real data on vector-borne diseases and explore how environmental...
Grassy Narrows and Muskrat Falls Dam: Hypothesis Testing and t-Tests
28 Jul 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Alida Janmaat1, Pete Kaslik2, Randall LaRue Moser Jr, Kevin David Simpson, Heather Susanne Zimbler-DeLorenzo3
1. University of the Fraser Valley 2. Pierce College 3. Alfred University
Students are introduced to concepts of hypothesis testing using elementary hypothesis tests, t-tests, and p-values as they compare a given fish population for methylmercury levels (using real and...
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Urban stream invaders: a scientist spotlight featuring Dr. Piatã Santana Marques
15 Jul 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jennifer Apple
Students read and interpret data from a study which addresses how urbanization affects the invasive attributes of a non-native species. They also reflect on the identity of the lead researcher and...