Conservation Biology GIS lab exploration

Rose McKenney, Pacific Lutheran University

Summary

Introductory exploration of GIS as a conservation biology tool

Context

Type and level of course
This activity was designed as a one time use of GIS to support Conservation Biology (taught by another professor) a senior level elective biology course.

Geoscience background assumed in this assignment
None, but extensive ecology and resource management is expected.

GIS/remote sensing skills/background assumed in this assignment
None.

Software required for this assignment/activity:
ArcGIS 9.3

Time required for students to complete the assignment:
2hrs

Goals

GIS/remote sensing techniques students learn in this assignment
Explore GIS as a tool to answer management questions/address management issues.

Other content/concepts goals for this activity
None.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Students are expected to apply critical management issues to assess what data and processes would be needed to answer a question of their choice.

Description of the activity/assignment

Determining whether students have met the goals

The final question requires students to pose a management question, possible answer and data sets needed to support the posed question. The students discuss their management question with the professor, which allows the professor to explore their level of understanding of GIS as a management tool.
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