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View Resource A field planted with two kinds of cotton (Gossypium sp): Bt cotton and normal cotton, where the normal cotton acts as a refuge for insects.

Some rows of the field in the photograph contain cotton plants (Gossypium sp) that are genetically engineered to produce a toxin from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Bt kills insects that...

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View Resource An Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus), one of the world’s most endangered cat species.

The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) is a carnivorous mammal that was once common on the Iberian Peninsula, where its preferred habitat is scrub vegetation and Mediterranean woodland. The species...

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View Resource Bark scorpion (Centriodes sp.) in the field under a blacklight (UV light)

A bark scorpion (Centroides sp., green in the photograph) is pictured in an oval of ultraviolet light (purple in the photograph), demonstrating a unique method for studying scorpions in their native...

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View Resource Field Trips as a Teaching Tool

The following article, originally published in the Ecology 101 section of The Ecological Society of America's Bulletin, describes the author's efforts to assess the educational value of field trips...

View Resource NCEP Exercise - Scale and Magnitude of Deforestation: Determining Rate and Extent of Change Using Remote Sensing and a GIS

In this exercise, students will assess occurrences of regional deforestation in the Amazon. Students will develop a change-detection model of deforestation in the headwaters of the Amazon by...

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View Resource NCEP Exercise- Introduction to Remote Sensing: Relating Features In An Image With What Is In The Field: An Example of Using Hardcopy Imagery

An important skill for conservation practitioners to have in order to benefit from remotely sensed imagery is to be able to accurately relate features in satellite images or aerial photographs with...

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View Resource NCEP Exercise- Introduction to Remote Sensing: Viewing satellite imagery with image processing software

This exercise acts as a self-guided tutorial that demonstrates how satellite imagery can be visualized using an open source remote sensing image processing software application called OpenEV. With...

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View Resource Obtaining sediment core from Windy Lake in British Columbia

This photograph shows scientists obtaining sediment core, which is useful in studying changes in forest composition, the frequency of forest fires, and climate change over the past 10,000 years. ...

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View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 3a of 7: Practicing scientific inquiry: what are the rules?

Ecologists attempt to establish general principles from a vast range of organizational, spatial, and temporal scales (Belovsky et al. 2004). The process of developing generalities in ecology...

View Resource Science Education Reform...Who Cares?

This article, from the Ecological Society of America's Bulletin, discusses science education reform and issues surrounding the topic. Some suggestions are given with regard to changes that could be...

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