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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 theory as a neutral model. It demonstrates how spatial characteristics of landscapes can change as a certain type of habitat changes. Additionally, it introduces students to threshold or nonlinear relationships and issues of scale.
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Primary or BEN resource type
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords percolation theory; neutral model; landscape; scale; threshold relationships; nonlinear relationships; ecology 101
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Pedagogical Use Description This learning object should be used to introduce landscape ecology into general ecology classes. It should guide the educator's instruction of a paper and pencil laboratory exercise, appropriate for natural science majors.
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Primary Author Affiliation Barnard College

University of Wisconsin - Madison

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Primary Author email hcallahan@barnard.edu
Rights Author retains copyright
Date Of Record Submission 2000-01-01

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