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The Invasive Grass-Fire Cycle in the U.S. Great Basin

Students will exercise critical thinking skills to form a hypothesis on how cheatgrass alters fire behaviors. Students will analyze data and answer questions based on their interpretation of field-based data and satellite data. Using this information, students will collaborate to create maps and graphs.

This activity is included in Volume 8 of Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE).
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Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords invasive species, cheatgrass, Bromus tectorum, fire ecology, disturbance, spatial analysis tools
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Pedagogical Use Description This activity is intended for students to conduct a scientific investigation in a small group. Students will learn and practice the skills of interpreting data, generating graphs, and presenting the information represented in maps and graphs.
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Primary Author Affiliation National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara; The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Geography
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Secondary Author Name(s) Marnie K. Carroll, Bethany A. Bradley
Secondary Author Affiliation(s) Diné College, University of Massachusetts-Amherst,
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Rights Jennifer Balch
Date Of Record Submission 2012-06-13

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