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View Resource NCEP Exercise- Thirsty metropolis: A Case Study of New York City's Drinking Water

This case study is divided into two parts to explore the development of the drinking water supply for New York City. First, a brief history on the evolution of the water supply system is presented. ...

View Resource NCEP Exercise- Why is Biodiversity Important: Examples from Everyday Life

This exercise links a daily activity in your students’ lives to its biological sources. By connecting your students’ lives to biodiversity in a concrete way, the biodiversity crisis becomes present...

View Resource NCEP Exercise- Why is Biodiversity Important: Using the IUCN Red List to Assess Importance

This exercise has students use the IUCN species “Red List” to become familiar with the current status of particular species around the world and to explore the likely consequences to humanity and the...

View Resource NCEP Exercise-Invasive Species and Mechanisms of Invasions

In this exercise students gain hands on experience by conducting observations in the field. In groups students identify and record all the plants found in a sample plot. Using pooled data from the...

View Resource One McBug Burger Please: Eating insects in ecology class to contextualize climate change discussion

Ecosystem services associated with invertebrates might include soil aeration by earthworms, pollination by bees or habitat provision by coral reefs. However, we do not typically list provision of...

View Resource Patterns and process in Landscape Ecology: Physical template, biotic interactions, and disturbance regime

Ecological processes and patterns interact at various scales across landscapes. Spatially explicit consideration of pattern and process can better inform ecological questions. This Figure Set...

View Resource Performing a population viability analysis from data students collect on a local plant

During two lab periods, students collect demographic data on perennial plants and then use these data in a matrix model to perform population viability analyses. During the first lab, students tag...

View Resource Processes that Regulate Patterns of Species and Genetic Diversity

During a single lab period, students simulate colonization and drift in artificial communities to understand how these processes affect distributions of biodiversity in small versus large communities...

View Resource Quantifying Behavior – Learning Observational Protocols in the Classroom

One of the challenges for teachers without a lab, is how to allow students to observe natural animal behavior directly. The freely available videos by the International Wolf Center are ideal for...

View Resource Roots as foragers

In this project, students can experience plants as responsive rather than passive organisms. Roots forage through heterogeneous media and proliferate in portions of the soil that have abundant...

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