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Ecological Core Concepts -- The science of ecology -- Scientific method and experimental design

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View Resource Acorn Foraging as a Means to Explore Human Energetics and Forge Connections to Local Forests

In this article an unusual ecology laboratory/field exercise is described in which students imagine themselves as a group of indigenous woodland people attempting to gather food stores that will...

View Resource Campus Ecology at Southwestern University

A course syllabus for upper-level ecology that concentrates on basic principles with a laboratory portion focused on two main activities: small-scale campus garden experiments and an introduction to...

View Resource Evaluating the Impact of TIEE Activities on Student Learning: Lessons for the Instructor

The author of this TIEE Research Paper assessed the use of student-active activities to teach students to use the scientific method and improve their understanding of basic ecological concepts. The...

View Resource Exploring the Lotka-Volterra Competition Model with Two Species of Parasitoid Wasps

In this Experiment, students design an experiment to examine intraspecific and interspecific competition using two species of parasitoid wasps (Nasonia vitripennis and Melittobia digitata). Students...

View Resource Inquiry-based Learning in Plant Ecology: Students Collect the Field Data, Ask the Questions, and Propose the Answers

This Experiment is designed to teach upper-level students in a plant ecology course how to collect data on plant populations (distribution and abundance), develop hypotheses to explain observed...

View Resource Jon C. Herron Software : FrogPond

FrogPond is interactive evolution simulation software that challenges the user to design experiments that will establish the cause of deformities in a model frog population. This webpage has...

View Resource NCEP Exercise- Scientific Writing: Preparing An Abstract

In this exercise students are assigned a scientific paper to read. Students must then write their own abstract for the assigned paper. Additional teaching materials on topics relating to...

View Resource NCEP Exercise- Scientific Writing: Reviewing Scientific Literature

In this exercise students are assigned two scientific papers to read and critique. Students must evaluate the purpose, methods, results, evidence, statistical relevance and implications of the...

View Resource NCEP Exercise- The Importance of Invertebrate Biodiversity: How can habitat affect biodiversity

In this exercise, students design and perform an experiment that helps them investigate the effects of habitat complexity on biodiversity in aquatic communities. In particular, students will glue...

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...

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