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Welcome to the Ecological Society of America's online education resource portal! ESA's EcoEd Digital Library (EcoEdDL) is a forum for scientists and educators to locate and contribute peer reviewed resources for 21st century undergraduate ecology education. Resources are available based on the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. EcoEdDL strives to foster a community of ecology education users and contributors. Need Help or More Info? Contact EcoEdDL@esa.org.

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View Resource Tree Tender Supplemental Teaching Bundle

The short film Tree Tender (2016) follows a young woman, Gaia, becoming the newest Tree Tender, learning about the Tree of Life, the connections between all organisms on the Tree, the importance of understanding these connections, and the human-caused mass extinction currently occurring. Note: Please read 01 Tree Tender Curriculum Bundle.pdf first. Each of these major concepts are...

 

Publisher: PlantEd Digital Library

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View Resource Finding a species-area relationship for island birds using Solver in Excel

Grasping the mathematics underlying the species-area relationship in island biogeography can be difficult for students if they experience it passively. This exercise allows students to take an authentic data set of bird species richness from different islands in the Solomon Islands Archipelago and fit a species-area relationship (S=cAz). Students explore a biological concept in a hands-on...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Testing hypotheses about behavioral interactions between cats, coyotes, and birds at carcasses

In this activity, students will play the role of a field biologist quantifying and explaining animal behavior using the scientific method (observation – hypothesis – prediction – test). Powerpoint slides contain a series of photos of scavengers at deer carcasses. Students will form hypotheses about the behavioral interactions in the photos, then make predictions that could be used to test their...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Case Study on Mark and Recapture

Estimating the population size of animals is an important task for wildlife biologists, who can use the data to assess the health of a population. It requires diligent observation skills coupled with the ability to use empirical models that effectively determine the number of animals based on field surveys. The most common method for estimating the population size of animals is mark and recapture....

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Life Cycle Analysis and Assessment of Crop Production Methods

Students use their ecological knowledge of soil processes, energy, water systems, and human interactions to compare the environmental impact of food production. Each group of 3-4 students develop life cycle analyses (LCA) for a single crop grown under different scenarios. As individuals, students are responsible for developing two LCA for that crop, and then together in their groups, they compile...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library