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NEON Data in the Classroom: Implementing and Adapting an Open Education NEON Resource “Quantifying the Drivers and Impacts of Natural Disturbance Events-The 2013 Colorado Floods” for the Southern California Classroom.
11 Dec 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Adriane Clark Jones
Mount Saint Mary's University
Natural disasters and subsequent ecological disturbance events illustrate the complexity of problems in ecology and environmental science, and can be used as effective teaching tools. Unpacking the...
Developing quantitative skills for ecological data: the effects of climate warming on phenological variation and species interactions
21 Nov 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jill Hamilton1, Zachary Tarble1
North Dakota State University
Students combine long-term observational data sets and experimental warming in an alpine meadow in Gothic, CO to test, evaluate, and interpret ecological data focusing on phenological variation and...
Computational Biology using R
30 Oct 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Hong Qin
University of Tennessee Chattanooga
This is an introductory level course on computational biology.
A Very Basic Tutorial for Performing Linear Mixed Effects Analyses: Tutorial 2
20 Oct 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Bodo Winter
University of California, Merced
The second of two tutorials that introduce you to linear and linear mixed models. This tutorial serves as a quick boot camp to jump-start your own analyses with linear mixed effects models.
A Pipeline in Paradise, Part 1: Learning the Relevant Science
12 Sep 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Shannon N. Conley1, Kathryn De Ridder-Vignone1, Mary K. Handley1, Michael L. Deaton1
James Madison University
This case requires students to integrate information across the following five “knowledge domains” to develop a baseline understanding of the problem.
Phenotypic plasticity and predation
24 Aug 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jeremy M Wojdak1, Justin Touchon2
1. Radford University 2. Vassar College
Students predict changes to tadpole morphology and coloration after considering characteristics of the predator species and the prey themselves then test their own hypotheses (typically with...
Leaf cutter ant foraging
By Jeremy M Wojdak1, Justin Touchon2, Myra Hughey2
This module introduces students to leaf-cutter ants in the rainforests of Panama. Students derive their own research hypotheses regarding ant foraging or allometric scaling relationships.
By Jeremy M Wojdak1, R. S. Maxwell1
Dendroclimatologists can reconstruct climate records further into the past than written records, by examining tree rings. Students "reverse-engineer" this process by considering growth...
Introduction to UNIX command line
31 Jul 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Serghei Mangul
University of California - Los Angeles
These are materials for a Unix workshop with hands-on examples that requires no prior knowledge of Unix or programming.
Investigating the effects of urbanization on bird biodiversity: Testing three biodiversity hypotheses using citizen science data
13 Jun 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jennifer Kovacs1, Ebony Gaillard2
1. Spelman College 2. University of North Carolina
Students generate predictions and test three hypotheses about how biodiversity is affected by urbanization over time using citizen science generated bird count data and land use data from 13...
The nose knows: How tri-trophic interactions and natural history shape bird foraging behavior
12 Jun 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Kaitlin Bonner1, Gregory Cunningham1
St. John Fisher College
Students investigate the role of olfaction and infochemicals on bird foraging behavior through three different quantitative modules. In this module students create graphs, generate statistics, draw...
The Effect of Climate Change on Butterfly Phenology
By Debra Linton1, Anna Monfils1, Molly Phillips2, Elizabeth Ellwood3
1. Central Michigan University 2. Florida Museum of Natural History 3. La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
In this module, students explore changes in butterfly phenology through the use of natural history collections data.
Investigating Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Ecologies Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (Abstract) | TIEE
By Maruthi Bhaskar
Texas Southern University
Identifying, mapping and understanding the magnitude and the spatial prevalence of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhea diseases. Analyzing the spatial trends of...
Parasites -- They're what's for dinner: Investigating the role of parasites in aquatic food webs
By Sarah Orlofske
Northeastern Illinois University
Use a well-resolved food web database from a freshwater wetland ecosystem in central California to explore how parasites influence community properties and learn how food webs are constructed and...
By Arietta Fleming-Davies1, Skylar Hopkins2
1. QUBES; Radford University 2. UC Santa Barbara and Virginia Tech
This module explores the effects of host density on contact rates and transmission of pathogens or mutualist symbionts using a hands-on simulation, a computer agent-based model in NetLogo, and an...
Environmental Drivers of Ecosystem Carbon Fluxes from Minutes to Years
11 Jun 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Christopher Gough1, Cindee Giffen2, Thomas W Woodward1
1. Virginia Commonwealth University 2. University of Michigan
Students build on fundamental concepts of ecosystem production and carbon cycling, combining this knowledge with open long-term data from ecological and meteorological networks to uncover the...
Freezer Full of Fossils v2.0
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.
Terrestrial Trophic Cascades & Population Structure
06 Jun 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Brian Robert Shmaefsky1, J. Phil Gibson2
1. Lone Star College - Kingwood 2. University of Oklahoma
In this activity, students will use data from natural parks to examine trophic cascades.
By Maryann Adel Borsick Herman1, J. Phil Gibson2
1. St. John Fisher College 2. University of Oklahoma
In this lab, students will examine differences between C3 and C4 plants in their transpiration rates.
Biogeography of plant-associated fungi: who lives where and why?
28 May 2018 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Naupaka Bruce Zimmerman1, Peter Vitousek2
1. University of San Francisco 2. Stanford University
This dataset of fungal communities associated with the leaves an endemic Hawaiian tree provides students opportunities to explore relationships between environmental variables and microbial...