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Ecological Core Concepts -- Landscapes and larger scales -- Spatial heterogeneity and connectivity

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View Resource A Birdís Eye View of Changing Landscapes: Using Google Earth to Explore Changing Landscapes

Students use Google Earth and satellite imagery from the United Nations Environmental Programmeís Atlas of our Changing Environment to discover ways in which landscapes change over time due to human...

View Resource A mountain scene in Yukon, Alaska depicts how vegetation changes from the base to the top of the mountain due to differences in elevation and topograp

A mountain scene in Yukon, Alaska depicts how vegetation changes from the base to the top of the mountain due to differences in elevation and topography. The base of the mountain is vegetated by...

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View Resource An aerial view of experimental clearcut patches in mature pine forest.

This false color infrared image is an aerial view of a landscape that includes several different ecosystem types (depicted by the different degrees of red color). Roads are depicted as light-colored...

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View Resource Landscape Ecology of Large, Infrequent Fires in Yellowstone Park

This Issue focuses on a research article by Turner et al. (2003) that was published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The article discusses the ecological causes and effects of intense,...

http://tiee.esa.org/vol/v3/issues/frontier_sets/yellowstone/...
View Resource NCEP Exercise- Metapopulations: a Literature Analysis

Students are asked to conduct a primary literature search on the topic of metapopulations, using scientific online journal databases (such as PubMed, Ingenta, etc.). Students then choose one article...

View Resource Split view underwater and above the surface of a stream in a deciduous forest

A small stream flows through a forest in this picture, depicting both the forested terrestrial matrix and an aquatic ecosystem. Coarse woody debris from the forest is evident in the stream. The...

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View Resource Teaching About Landscape Ecology: Developing and Applying Neutral Models

This article emphasizes why it is important to teach landscape ecology in general ecology courses and describes the nature of landscape ecology. The laboratory exercise outlined employs percolation...

View Resource The Cadillac and Dorr Mountains as viewed from the summit of Gorham Ridge, Acadia National Park, Maine.

The Cadillac and Dorr Mountains as viewed from the summit of Gorham Ridge, Acadia National Park, Maine. A recent study that included Acadia National Park found that atmospheric deposition varies...

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View Resource The partitioning of evapotranspiration into evaporation and transpiration: an experimental design assessing the effects of changes in vegetation cover

This project seeks to improve the studentís understanding of the terrestrial water budget by exploring the dynamics of one of its major components: evapotranspiration, a process that includes the...

View Resource Using on-line data sources to allow students to test hypotheses about river flow and effects on remotely sensed coastal ocean properties.

River discharge couples terrestrial ecosystems with oceanic ecosystems. Fluctuations in river discharges from drought or flood events can have significant effects on coastal ecosystems.

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