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Genetic Drift part of Examples
In this biology simulation, students use a mathematical simulation of genetic drift to answer questions about the factors that influence this evolutionary process. Students run a series of simulations varying allele frequency and population size and then analyze their data and propose a model to explain their results.

Subject: Biology:Molecular Biology, Evolution:Processes, Patterns

Human Demographics part of Examples
In this biology simulation students explore factors that change human population growth including age at which women begin to bear children, fertility rate and death rate.

Subject: Environmental Science:Human Population:Developing/Developed Countries, Biology, Environmental Science:Human Population, Sociology, Environmental Science, Education

Daisyworld: Interactive On-line PC and Mac part of Examples
Students use a JAVA interface design by R.M. MacKay to explore the Daisy World model. The JAVA interface comes with a link to a 6-page student activity page in PDF format.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Greenhouse effect, Climate feedbacks, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Climate sensitivity and feedbacks, Biology:Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Climate Change:Greenhouse effect, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Atmospheric gases, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling

Daisyworld: Stella Mac or PC part of Examples
After constructing a Stella model of Daisyworld students perform guided experiments to explore the behavior of Daisyworld to changes in model parameters and assumptions.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Climate Change:Global change modeling, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Biology:Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Forecasting, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Global change modeling

Fishing Game: Stella PC and Mac part of Examples
As manager in the fish and wildlife service you are charged with making policy regarding the management of a regional fishery.

Subject: Environmental Science:Oceans and Coastal Resources:Fisheries, Biology, Environmental Science:Policy, Sustainability, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Resources

Salmon Smolt: Stella PC and Mac part of Examples
The Stella Smolts Migration Model focuses on the spring migration of hatchery smolts to the ocean. It may be used to test the relative merits of barging fish or drawing down the reservoirs to help the smolts reach the ocean.

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Resources, Environmental Science:Oceans and Coastal Resources:Fisheries, Biology