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View Resource Drought in East Africa

These Landsat images show Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve on December 4, 1994, a year with normal rainfall, and November 27, 2009, a year when the rains failed and a severe drought overtook the land. The...

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View Resource Ecological Impacts of High Deer Densities

This Figure Set explores the complexity of forest ecosystems with particular emphasis on the effects of expanding white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) populations on trees, birds, and people....

View Resource Effects of Plant Biodiversity on Ecosystem Productivity within a Savannah Grassland Community

This Data Set focuses on the question: How does plant biodiversity in a grassland savannah community affect ecosystem productivity? To investigate this question, students use create graphs using...

View Resource Energy Storage in Plants: Should Biofuels Be Made from Seeds or Leaves and Stems?

The investigation involves students determining where plants store potential energy (a.k.a., chemical energy). In the investigation, students will grow rapid cycling Brassica rapa plants and observe...

View Resource Fish Schooling Simulation to Teach Tradeoffs in Animal Behavior

Tradeoffs between fitness costs and benefits are an overarching theme in behavioral ecology. This theme of tradeoffs is particularly evident in the study of antipredator behavior. Although class...

View Resource Foraging and Flocking Behavior

In this laboratory exercise, the following issues are examined: 1) why neither predators nor prey go extinct when there is a long period of nonrenewal of the prey population 2) the effects of...

View Resource Hacking Scrabble®: A Novel Activity for Teaching Sampling Principles and Species Accumulation Curves

Lab exercise to teach principles of sampling and developing species accumulation curves, using the game pieces from a Scrabble® board game.

View Resource How do pawpaws affect tree regeneration?

In this study, students investigate whether and how much the native understory shrub pawpaw (Asimina triloba) may affect tree regeneration in a forested habitat. During one lab period in the field,...

View Resource Hubbard Brook Streamflow Response to Deforestation

This teaching activity explores what the short- and long-term effects of a whole-watershed deforestation experiment are on streamflow. Students can use an MS Excel file or hard copy of data to graph...

View Resource Map of Trinidad with Marked Locations

Three maps showing the location of Trinidad and the location of the tributary and pools included in the folder Degradation of a Tropical Stream. Blue lines represent stream path taken from...

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