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Evolution of Ideas about Causes of Amphibian Deformities

This Issue focuses on a research article by Blaustein and Johnson (2003) that was published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The article discusses amphibian deformities, which may be related to a global decline in amphibians. By working with this paper and additional figures, students come to appreciate the complexity of biodiversity loss. Specifically, they gain an understanding of why scientists disagree about causes of amphibian limb deformities and why the search for a single factor is likely too simple.
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Keywords TIEE, pedagogy, student active, inquiry based, deformity, deformed, development, parasite, chemical, complexity, bioindicator, environmental indicator
Key taxa Amphibia, Anura, frog, trematode, trematoda, ribeiroia ondatrae, Ribeiroia cercariae, Telorchis, Pacific treefrog, Hyla regilla
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Pedagogical Use Description Frontiers Issues are designed to help faculty use a Frontiers article in the classroom. The Stohlgren et al. (Frontiers, 2003) paper can be used in sections of courses dealing with diversity loss. By working with this paper and additional figures, students come to appreciate the complexity of biodiversity loss. Specifically, they gain an understanding of why scientists disagree about causes of amphibian limb deformities and why the search for a single factor is likely too simple. This research question can help students appreciate that scientists can disagree for a number of reasons-— because they are asking different questions, studying different aspects of the same issue, or interpreting data differently.
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Primary Author Affiliation School of Natural Sciences, Hampshire College
Primary Author email cdavanzo@hampshire.edu
Rights Copyright 2004 by Charlene D'Avanzo and the Ecological Society of America.
Date Of Record Submission 2007-12-26

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