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View Resource How the Bioblitz Boosts the Zoology Course

Collection of invertebrates on campus, as part of the BioBlitz, increases the interest in students in animals as they get to go out to the field and collect specimens. They also learn about collection techniques and equipment. These activities also provide an opportunity for experimental design. Students are also contributing to the species count of the BioBlitz.

View Resource Literature circles as active learning packets for use in the natural sciences: Transforming traditional supplemental instruction into guided study

At Paul Smith's College, we have worked to transform the model of weekly SI (supplemental instruction) into GSG (Guided Study) for General Ecology (Bio 210). We modified literature circle worksheets based off of the work of Harvey Daniels to be used in the natural sciences. We then created a step-by-step instructional framework to implement literature circles in the natural sciences. This...

View Resource Egg size plasticity in bean beetles (Callosobruchus maculatus): Does host bean species matter?

In this exercise, students design a series of experiments (1) to test whether female bean beetles adjust the size of their eggs on different host bean species and (2) to determine whether differences in egg size based on host bean species are optimal. Most often, students design experiments in which different females are allowed to lay eggs on different bean species that vary in nutritional...

View Resource The Chesapeake Bay & Poultry Farming: A socio-environmental perspective

Students will explore the influences of poultry farming on the ecosystem health of the Chesapeake Bay. A field trip to a poultry farm helps put the case study in context. In a jigsaw design, students first act as expert groups or stakeholders and then are assigned into different synthesis groups. During each step of the process, students utilize social and natural science datasets and discuss...

View Resource The Anacostia River: A socio-environmental perspective

In two 4-6 week modules (case studies) students explore the influences of urban practices on the ecosystem health of the Chesapeake Bay. A field trip to the Anacostia River helps introduce the case study. In a jigsaw design, students first act as expert groups or stakeholders and then are assigned into different mixed groups. During each step of the process, students utilize social and natural...