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Ecological Core Concepts -- Communities -- Disturbance, assembly, and succession

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View Resource A coral-dwelling goby (Gobiodon histrio), one of several species that coexists among coral by means of a competitive lottery.

Habitat space is a limiting resource for coral-dwelling gobies. The species pictured, Gobiodon histrio, coexists with an ecologically similar species in the same genus, Gobiodon erythrospilus, by...

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http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/03-3100
View Resource A misty rainforest canopy in central Amazonia.

The central Amazon Basin is home to some of the most biologically diverse forests in the world. These rain forests are being reduced and fragmented at a fast rate (as of 2004, about 24 million...

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http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/05-0064
View Resource Abandoned mine drainage stream in productive woods

abandoned mine drainage, Pennsylvania, anthracite mining

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View Resource Aerial view of the eastern border of the Parque Nacional Soberania in central Panama following a fire.

An aerial view of the eastern border of the Parque Nacional Soberania in central Panama following a fire. The park borders on an extensive monoculture of the invasive grass Saccharum spontaneum. The...

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http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecap/17/5
View Resource An aerial view of Mururoa Atoll, where underground nuclear testing caused multiple instantaneous fish removals.

The photo is an aerial view of the coral cay along the rim of Mururoa Atoll, with the lagoon in front and the ocean behind. The underground nuclear testing program conducted by the French Armed...

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http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/04-0774
View Resource An Assessment of Assemblage Nestedness in Habitat Fragments

This experiment illustrates how ecological theory can help conserve native species in a fragmented landscape. It is germane to units on biogeography, human impacts on ecosystems, landscape...

http://tiee.esa.org/vol/v6/experiment/assessment_assemblage/...
View Resource An intertidal community off South Diablo Point in central California.

The intertidal community off South Diablo Point in central California was impacted by a thermal discharge from a power-generation station into Diablo Cove. Diablo Rock is visible in the background of...

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http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/03-3107
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,...

http://tiee.esa.org/vol/v6/experiment/biodiversity_responses...
View Resource Comparing the Influence of Precipitation, Fire, and Topography on Plant Productivity in the Tallgrass Prairie

This Data Set allows students to use long-term data from Konza to explore the relationships between multiple characteristics of a tallgrass prairie ecosystem and the productivity of prairie plants....

http://tiee.esa.org/vol/v3/issues/data_sets/konza/abstract.h...
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...

http://tiee.esa.org/vol/v6/experiment/soil_respiration/abstr...
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