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7th Life Discovery - Doing Science Education conference

Join us in Estes Park, CO September 30th - October 2nd 2021!  

For details about the conference please visit https://www.esa.org/ldc/



 

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View Resource A Natural Process: Fostering Critical Thinking Through an Ecological Allegory

This exercise develops critical thinking and reading comprehension in an undergraduate ecology course. Students read and discuss an ecologically-based fictional narrative A Natural Process that promotes a critical analysis of the societal context of decision-making and interpretation of observations. The exercise aligns with Vision and Change’s Core Competency #5 Ability to Communicate and...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Year to year variability in survivorship for the summer annual Erucastrum gallicum

This figure shows survivorship curves for spring cohorts of the summer annual plant Erucastrum gallicum (Brassicaceae) growing in the Jamesville Quarry, Syracuse, NY. It shows how survivorship varies markedly from year to year, due mainly to variability in rainfall. Survivorship approximated a Deevey Type I function in 1976, a year with abundant rain. Survivorship followed a Type III pattern in...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

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View Resource Catching ANOVA through mosquitoes

This activity is designed to show students how to perform an ANOVA using RStudio. To integrate the lesson plan with course content in an undergraduate ecology lecture course, students read an accessible scientific article (Chase & Knight 2003) that explores interaction between abiotic (climate and habitat permanence) and biotic (competition & predation) environmental conditions on the population...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Using Citizen Science Data from iNaturalist to Explore Bumblebee Diversity and Distribution

The rise of biodiversity-related citizen science projects gives us the opportunity to inspire all students to become citizen scientists, no matter what their professional path. Here, I share an in-class exercise that introduces undergraduates to biodiversity and citizen science using the open-source platform iNaturalist. I developed the exercise as part of a semester-long module on bumblebee...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Quantifying the impact of a brood parasite on crows

This class was designed for an introductory ecology course. Students are introduced to Microsoft Excel PivotTables by amending an existing PivotTable, then create their own PivotTables to explore the main data sets. These data sets provide information on the breeding success of carrion crows parasitized by great spotted cuckoos in Spain. Students summarise the large data sets, produce bar charts,...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

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