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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, calculate standard errors and add error bars to their plots. As they work through the exercises, students are asked to summarise the results they have obtained and to think about what this means ecologically. Finally, they use the whole set of results to understand the nature of the interaction between cuckoos and crows in this area.
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Resource Group TIEE
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General Biology Core Concepts
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
General Biology Competencies
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords Parasitism, mutualism, shifting nature of interactions
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Pedagogical Use Description Guided inquiry or open-ended inquiry, cooperative learning, critical thinking
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Full Name of Primary Author Clare Trinder
Primary Author Affiliation School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Cruickshank Building, St Machar Drive, Aberdeen, AB24 3UL, Scotland
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  • eduintern
Submitter Name ESA
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Rights All rights reserved. Fair use for educational purposes.
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Drought and Water Ecosystem Services Collection Off
Conservation Targets Under Global Change Collection Off
Big Data Collection Off
Editors Choice No
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Date Of Record Submission 0000-00-00
Date Of Record Release 2019-12-04 12:41:15
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  • chalpin
Date Last Modified 2019-12-04 12:41:15
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