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This list includes online resources regarding ecology research projects from Lake Ontario, the Pacific Northwest and the National Parks, a searchable ecology bibliography, and clearinghouse web sites that can direct users to active research topics.



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The Grand Canyon part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
This interdisciplinary lesson plan deals with the consequences of damming in the Grand Canyon area. The students, role-playing as scientists, write a proposal to try experimental flooding. -

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Kara Salazar Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Center for Earth and Environmental Science - The Lilly ARBOR Project is an urban riparian restoration project designed for use as an outdoor ...

Characterization of Freshwater Ecosystems: Group Collaborative Learning and Peer review part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Field based characterization of freshwater ecosystems using group collaborative learning and peer review in an undergraduate research class. Students work in teams to collect data, evaluate and synthesize results to generate and present a scientific poster.

Case Study of Nitrogen in various parts of the Nitrogen cycle: How nitrogen affects human activity and the Environment part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
In this activity, students will be exposed to aspects of many disciplines of biology to understand how interconnected ALL of the many microcosms of science courses are actually interrelated.

Winogradsky Column Unit: Chemical and Physical Change part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This two-part activity leads Physical Science students, grades 8-12, to explore chemical change using Winogradsky Columns. Part 1 constructs student concepts concerning chemical and physical changes. ...

Dead Zone: Galveston Researcher Examines Loss of Marine Life part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Texas A&M newspaper article provides very general info regarding the possible link between poor water quality in the Gulf of Mexico and farm runoff. Researcher Antonietta Quigg describes ...

Restoring Life to the Dead Zone: Addressing Gulf Hypoxia, a National Problem part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This USGS fact sheet provides an introductory synopsis of some of the causes of poor water quality in the Gulf of Mexico. The dead zone is caused by increased nutrients from the Mississippi River, ...

Elusive dead zone tracked in the Pacific part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This MSNBC newspaper article provides general information about poor water quality off the Oregon coast. The article recounts how scientists are hunting for very low levels of oxygen, a sign of what ...

More Nitrogen Upstream, Fewer Filters Downstream part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This USGS-sponsored site provides an explanation for the low oxygen conditions of the "dead zone" stemming from the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico watersheds. The factors that ...

Hypoxia Press Release and Map - August 1, 2005 part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This EPA press release documents the findings of a 2005 mapping project in the Gulf of Mexico low-oxygen waters. The article notes the extent of the "dead zone" and notes the ...

On Again, Off Again - The Dead Zone part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Louisiana Sea Grant College Program site offers a collection of websites regarding Gulf of Mexico hypoxia. This collection includes general information, classroom activities, and data collected ...

Dissolved Oxygen and Biochemical Oxygen Demand part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This EPA website provides general information about dissolved oxygen, including what it is, sampling and equipment considerations, and sampling and analysis protocols. The site also features a chart ...

Water Quality For Freshwater Organisms part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website features a field activity that demonstrates the effect of water temperature on the solubility of dissolved oxygen and how it relates to the gill beat rate of fish. The activity uses the ...

Turbidity and TSS part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This image-rich Streams.org website describes turbidity and total suspended solids (TSS). It includes overviews about what they are, why they are measured, how they are measured, and why they vary. ...

The Secchi Disk part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Great North American Secchi Dip-In website offers a comprehensive guide to Secchi disk use. It features links to a series of pages that answer questions such as: what is a Secchi disk; what (or ...

Using a Secchi Disk or Transparency Tube part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This EPA website provides instructions for using Secchi disks and transparency tubes to measure water clarity. The page also features a short description of each device.

Rediscovering Biology - Unit 4: Microbial Diversity part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page is the jumping-off point for an educational unit on microbial diversity. There are links to a course outline and classroom activity worksheets, a 30-minute video, an online textbook ...



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