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A Quick and Simple Natural Selection Role Play
29 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Katelyn J. Butler
Teaching evolution remains a challenging task in biology education. Students enter the classroom with stubborn misconceptions and many traditional examples of the process of evolution may not...
Helping Students to Overcome STUMPS: Scientific terms undermined by meanings peripheral to science
20 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Kim Quillin
Many terms and phrases that are ubiquitous in everyday use have very different meanings in science. As a result, biology students often hold prior conceptions that are difficult to change. In this...
Coevolution or not? Crossbills, squirrels and pinecones
By Anne-Marie Hoskinson1, Laura Conner2, Susan Hester3, Mary Beth Leigh2, Andrew P. Martin4, Tom Powers5
1. Michigan State University 2. University of Alaska 3. University of Arizona 4. University of Colorado, Boulder 5. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
This case reinforces the concept of coevolution as a reciprocal change in genetic structure between or among two or more populations, by having students analyze and interpret data, build a...
Exploring Fitness and Population Change under Selection: Avida-Ed Lab Book Exercise 3
17 May 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Amy Lark, Cory Kohn1, Jim Smith1, Louise Mead2, Robert T Pennock1, Wendy Johnson
1. Michigan State University 2. BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action
An introductory activity exploring the process of natural selection in action using the Avida-ED simulation.
Avida-ED presentation: Context Dependent Fitness
26 Oct 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Maren L Friesen1, Andrew M Jarosz1
Michigan State University
Freezer Full of Fossils v2.0
11 Jun 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Louise Mead1, Michael James Wiser1, Noah Ribeck2, Fred Hingst3, Richard Schultz4, Richard Lenski1
1. BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, Michigan State University 2. University of California, Santa Barbara 3. Dewitt High School 4. St. Johns High School
The Long Term Evolution Experiment started by Dr. Richard Lenski provides a rich dataset to help students explore concepts of fitness, replication, and adaption.