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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 carry them through the winter. In doing so, they grapple with issues of human energetics, foraging strategy, carrying capacity, and experimental design.
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Primary or BEN resource type
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords foraging; social behavior; human energetics; carrying capacity; foraging strategy; experimental design; indigenous people, ecology 101
Key taxa human; Homo sapiens; oak
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Pedagogical Use Description This laboratory exercise examines human energetics, foraging strategy, carrying capacity, and experimental design. In addition, students will gain experience manipulating data and making calculations. The exercise also offers opportunities for students to relate other disciplines to their science course.
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation Pennsylvania State University
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Rights Ecological Society of America's copyright restrictions
Date Of Record Submission 2002-02-08

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