|Primary or BEN resource type|
|Secondary resource type|
|General Biology Core Concepts|
|Discipline Specific Core Concepts|
|Life science discipline (subject)|
|Keywords||Species diversity, species richness, biodiversity, community ecology, plant ecology, forest ecology, scale, sample, estimate, TIEE|
|Intended End User Role|
|Pedagogical Use Description||In the field, students will learn to identify common trees. Afterwards, they will produce a short report that shows their calculations and resulting estimates of species richness, and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of these estimates based on general principles and their own field observations.
This lab was originally designed for estimating species richness of eastern deciduous forest trees, during the growing season. It can be adapted easily to other taxa or environments, with appropriate changes to sampling methods and materials.
This experiment has been used successfully in an upper-level undergraduate and graduate ecology lab course. A simplified version of this lab could also be utilized in lower level biology, ecology, or conservation courses. We typically have four to six lab sections of 10-14 students each, with each section split into teams of three or four students. Data collected during the field portion of the exercise are pooled across all teams by the instructor, and shared with the entire class through email or the class website. Each student must analyze both the data collected by his or her own team and by the entire lab section, estimate species richness from a smaller and larger data set, and compare their values.
|Primary Author Controlled Name|
|Primary Author Affiliation||Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee|
|Primary Author firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Secondary Author Name(s)||David W. Tonkyn|
|Secondary Author Affiliation(s)||Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University|
|Submitter Name||Teresa Mourad|
|Rights||Authors hold copyright|
|Date Of Record Submission||2015-01-21|
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