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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 Non-Commercial Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. EcoEdDL strives to foster a community of ecology education users and contributors. Need Help or More Info? Contact

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View Resource Learning Taxonomy and Evolution through Opensource Databases

The Inquiry-based learning tools presented here uses the Onezoom Tree of Life (onezoom) platform as an easy-to-use teaching tool that allows student to access curated data sources such as the National Center for Biological Inventory (NCBI), the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and Open Tree of Life (OToL). Through these data-platforms students learn that multiple approaches are...


Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Practical evaluation of the relationship between community biodiversity and ecosystem productivity using a simple plant model

This educational activity aims to test the relationship between the biodiversity of plant communities and their productivity. In two laboratory sessions, students will assemble duckweed communities at different levels of species richness, determine their productivity and measure the traits of the different species. The data collected will be interpreted by applying a biodiversity partitioning...


Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Climate, Weather and Anthropogenic Activity

This module presents a science-based story to demonstrate how climate determines the global, long-term, large-scale distribution of living organisms; whereas, weather determines the local, short-term, small-scale ecology of living organisms. Life thrives within specific, often narrow ranges of temperature and precipitation – two main players in climate and weather. Using a systems-based approach,...


Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Activity: Using Soil Fungi Next Generation Sequencing Data to Study Wildfire Resiliency

This lab exercise is an active learning introduction to techniques used to analyze soil microbiome data. Students will also learn about forming hypotheses, what kind of questions can be answered with this data, and practice the scientific method. This resource was developed with support from the National Science Foundation.


Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

An aerial view shows a patchwork of burn scars.
View Resource Impacts of Introduced Species: Interspecific Competition, Predation, and Other Species Interactions

Due to increasing global connectivity, global biotic interchange has been escalating, leading to species introductions in regions in which they are not indigenous. Most of these species do not establish and/or do not cause significant impacts, but a small proportion do and can have positive or, more often, negative ecological, economic, and cultural impacts. These species often interact with...


Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library