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View Resource Enhancing science teachers' understanding of ecosystem interactions with qualitative conceptual models

The project described in this article explores how a series of conceptual ecological models can be used to portray the improvement in ecological understanding over the span of a short course. The...

View Resource Experimental Aquatic Ecology in Stormwater Detention Ponds

The exercises described in the article focus on the water quality management of small aquatic ecosystems, namely, stormwater detention ponds. One exercise focuses on management of sedimentation and...

View Resource Forest Ecosystem Responses to Chronic Nitrogen Additions

In this activity, students work with data collected during 15 years as part of a long-term research project at Harvard Forest. Students analyze the data to address the question, "How have stands of...

View Resource Getting the Messages of Ecology Across to Undergraduates

This article describes a long-term project for ecology classes. A list of topics to be covered in the class is provided with the notion that this knowledge will enable students to successfully...

View Resource How Much Water Do We Use?

This short film presents the one of the basic concepts of a hydrologic cycle, a water budget. How much water is there? Where it is and how does it move. For example, how does land use effect the...

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 Human Alteration of the Global Nitrogen Cycle

In this Issue, students explore large-scale anthropogenic changes to the nitrogen cycle by examining studies that document anthropogenic inputs of nitrogen globally, the export of nitrogen from...

View Resource Issues in Ecology, Issue 01: Human Alteration of the Global Nitrogen Cycle: Causes and Consequences

This report presents an overview of how humans have altered the global nitrogen cycle. An introduction to the nitrogen cycle is provided; as well as human induced nitrogen fixation and its impact on...

View Resource Issues in Ecology, Issue 03: Non Point Pollution of Surface Waters

This report addresses pollution of aquatic ecosystems that originate from multiple unidentified sources or non point sources. Non point sources of phosphorus and nitrogen are of concern as they...

View Resource Issues in Ecology, Issue 04: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

In this report, biodiversity and its relevance to the ecosystems that support humanity is discussed. Ecosystem functioning is defined as the collective activities of all biota within an ecosystem...

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