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Prestholdt, Tara; Fletcher, Vail – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Experiential learning provides students the time and space to participate in the process of learning by engaging in real, modern situations. Via hands on activities and reflection, students are able to assimilate new experiences with previous ones, and it has been repeatedly shown to improve student learning. We assessed how ten days of…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Study Abroad, Experiential Learning, Nonmajors
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Wise, Michael J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
The importance of biodiversity to the health of our planet is increasingly being discussed, not only by scientists, but by the public at large. Therefore, an understanding of how human activities are affecting biodiversity is vital for informed participation in society, and thus it is an important topic for liberal arts education. Here, I present…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Plants (Botany), Biology, Botany
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McCabe, Declan J.; Knight, Evelyn J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
Since being introduced by Connor and Simberloff in response to Diamond's assembly rules, null model analysis has been a controversial tool in community ecology. Despite being commonly used in the primary literature, null model analysis has not featured prominently in general textbooks. Complexity of approaches along with difficulty in interpreting…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Computer Software
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Haave, Neil – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
A complete understanding of life involves how organisms are able to function in their environment and how they arise. Understanding how organisms arise involves both their evolution and development. Thus to completely comprehend living things, biology must study their function, development and evolution. Previous proposals for standardized…
Descriptors: Ecology, Required Courses, Biology, Curriculum Design
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Surasinghe, Thilina; Courter, Jason – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
Encouraging nonprofessionals to participate in ecological research through citizen science programs is a recent innovation and an effective strategy for gathering ecological information across broad geographical areas. In this paper, we demonstrate how reporting field-based observations through eBird, a citizen-based birding and data-recording…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Ecology, Ornithology, Data Collection
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MacLaren, R. David; Schulte, Dianna; Kennedy, Jen – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
This work describes a new field research laboratory in an undergraduate animal behavior course involving the study of whale behavior, ecology and conservation in partnership with a non-profit research organization--the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation (BOS). The project involves two weeks of training and five weekend trips on whale watch…
Descriptors: Animals, Field Studies, Achievement Tests, Animal Behavior
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Gillie, Lynn; Bizub, Anne L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
The study of evolutionary theory and fieldwork in animal behavior is enriched when students leave the classroom so they may test their abilities to think and act like scientists. This article describes a course on evolutionary theory and animal behavior that blended on campus learning with field experience in the United States and in Ecuador and…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Evolution, Animals, Animal Behavior
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Christensen, David R.; LaRoche, Andrew – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
This paper describes a series of laboratory exercises for upper level biology courses, independent research and/or honors programs. Students sampled fish from a local water body with the assistance of a local fish and wildlife agency. Tissue samples from collected fish were utilized to obtain estimates of the stable isotopes delta[superscript 13]C…
Descriptors: Animals, Honors Curriculum, Ecology, Biology
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Smith, Michael J.; Shaffer, Julie J.; Koupal, Keith D.; Hoback, W. Wyatt – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
Many aquatic organisms survive by filter feeding from the surrounding water and capturing food particles. We developed a laboratory exercise that allows students to measure the effects of filtering by fresh water mussels on water turbidity. Mussels were acquired from Wards Scientific and exposed to a solution of baker's yeast. Over a period of one…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Laboratories, Biology, College Students
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Bee, Mary Tracy; Montante, James; Lanigan, Kate; Andrzejak, Michelle; Grabowski, Greg – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2011
Alternative teaching styles provide a unique and rewarding approach to reinforcing student knowledge and developing social skills. An approach that we implemented required students from the ecology class to organize and present information at the university-wide Earth Day celebration and exposition. In addition to the informational and research…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, College Students, Teaching Styles, Student Organizations
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Jones-Held, Susan; Paoletti, Robert; Glick, David; Held, Michael E. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
In this article we describe a multi-week investigative laboratory in microbial ecology/diversity and nitrogen cycling that we have used in our introductory biology course. This module encourages active student involvement in experimental design, using the scientific literature and quantitative analysis of large data sets. Students analyze soil…
Descriptors: Research Design, Laboratories, Ecology, Biology
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Rauter, Claudia M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
This laboratory exercise investigates the influence of population density on offspring number and size in burying beetles. Students test the theoretical predictions that brood size declines and offspring size increases when competition over resources becomes stronger with increasing population density. Students design the experiment, collect and…
Descriptors: Entomology, Biology, Ecology, Animal Behavior
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Smith, Geoffrey R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
Using module-based courses has been suggested to improve undergraduate science courses. A course based around a series of modules focused on major environmental issues might be an effective way to teach non-science majors about ecology and ecology's role in helping to solve environmental problems. I have used such a module-based environmental…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Ecology, Nonmajors, Undergraduate Students
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Darling, Randi A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2007
This field exercise examines the feeding preferences of Gray Squirrels ("Sciurus carolinensis"). Students present squirrels with a variety of food types in a cafeteria-style arrangement in order to test hypotheses about foraging preferences. This exercise, which is appropriate for introductory biology, ecology, and animal behavior classes, is…
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Ecology, Science Instruction, Food
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Tessier, Jack T.; Penniman, Clayton A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
There is a collective need to increase the use of inquiry-based instruction at the college level. This paper provides of an example of how inquiry was successfully used in the laboratory component of an undergraduate course in microbial ecology. Students were offered a collection of field and laboratory methods to choose from, and they developed a…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Laboratories, Ecology, College Faculty