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View Resource An in-class role-playing activity to foster discussion and deeper understanding of biodiversity and ecological webs

In a general sense, biodiversity is an intuitively simple concept, referring to the variety of Earth’s organisms. Ecologists, however, conceptualize biodiversity in a more nuanced, multidimensional...

View Resource Attracting Future Ecologists Through a Collaborative, Experiential Undergraduate Program

This article describes the Global Studies Program at Southwest State University. It details the benefits of such a program and the classes it involves.

View Resource Biodiversity Responses across a Gradient of Human Influence

To investigate how species, communities, and habitats change over the rural-urban (or pristine to human-dominated) gradient students conduct a series of biological inventories, field measurements,...

View Resource Biofuels: Implications for Land Use and Biodiversity

This report explores the potential impacts on ecology and biodiversity associated with reallocating land use for biofuel production as well as how economics and farm policies may influence the land...

View Resource Campus Ecology at Southwestern University

A course syllabus for upper-level ecology that concentrates on basic principles with a laboratory portion focused on two main activities: small-scale campus garden experiments and an introduction to...

View Resource Cemetery Demography

This laboratory exercise examines the changes in human demographic patterns by visiting a local cemetery, collecting data recorded on tombstones, and producing a graphical representation of...

View Resource Chemical Competition in Peatlands

These lab exercises were designed to enhance students’ understanding of the concept of chemical competition in ecology. They use the moss Sphagnum to illustrate the concept, which shows students that...

View Resource Climate Change, Food, and ‘Sharing’ among the Iñupiat of Wainwright, Alaska [Part 2 of 2 Case study]

This case study examines the implications of climate change for the Iñupiat community of Wainwright, Alaska. Specifically, it addresses Iñupiat relations with agviq, the bowhead whale (Balaena...

View Resource Cooperative Learning Exercises in Ecology for Undergraduates

This article details the importance of cooperative learning exercises. It provides examples of two exercises. One involves assessing climatic change and the other explores the impact of mutualisms...

View Resource Decomposition and Soil CO2 Emission

Students investigate the factors that control the rate at which CO2 is emitted from soil using simple soil chambers and soda lime in a field experiment. Students in small groups design and conduct...

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