Ashlee Dere

Geography/Geology

University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Course Modules (6)

Unit 2.1 - Basic Tools & Analysis part of Critical Zone Science
This unit will introduce methods and data from Critical Zone observatories as well as methods that scientists use in their research. These activities will provide an introduction to methods used in later units and ...

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Module 2: Methods in CZ Science part of Critical Zone Science
Susan Gill (Stroud Water Research Center) and Ashlee Dere (University of Nebraska - Omaha) Summary and Overview This module presents basic scientific methods, such as literature searches and graphing (Unit 2.1) as ...

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Module 7: Humans in the Critical Zone part of Critical Zone Science
Susan Gill (Stroud Water Research Center), Ashlee Dere (University of Nebraska - Omaha), and Jim Washburne (Pima Community College and University of Arizona) Summary and Overview All humans live in the Critical ...

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Unit 7.2 - Agricultural Impacts part of Critical Zone Science
Humans not only reside in the Critical Zone, they depend upon the land and water to provide sustenance. This unit will examine how humans affect soil resources and ecosystem services in the Critical Zone through ...

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Unit 7.3 - Panel Review part of Critical Zone Science
Peer review is an important process in determining priorities for scientific research. Students will participate in a panel review of proposals for new CZOs and as a class decide on the proposal most worthy of ...

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Unit 2.2 - Basic Critical Zone Concepts part of Critical Zone Science
Students will learn about geoscience-specific methods used to analyze data in the Critical Zone from data-driven activities and short presentations by their peers. The topics include the use of carbon isotopes, ...

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Ashlee Dere: Introduction to the Critical Zone at University of Nebraska at Omaha part of Critical Zone Science
The Introduction to the Critical Zone modules work well as a small (< 20 students) upper level/graduate course for geoscience majors and is now a permanent part of our geoscience curriculum. The materials employ active learning techniques that are enjoyable to work on with the students and provide a strong foundation in Critical Zone Science. Students really enjoyed the interdisciplinary nature of the material and the opportunity to use real data and practice skills they are likely to use in their jobs. The students reported and demonstrated improvement in their critical thinking skills and confidence in problem solving because the course focused on building skills rather than memorizing content.

Conference Presentations (2)

Implementing InTeGrate Critical Zone Science materials in an undergraduate geoscience curriculum part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
The InTeGrate course "Introduction to the Critical Zone Science" was developed by an interdisciplinary team from a variety of institutions to introduce and examine the life-sustaining services and ...

The Earthcube iSamples Network engagement and training: Helping teach sample management and stewardship to a broad audience of new geoscientists part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Poster Sessions:Tuesday
Most geoscientists collect and study physical samples (soil, rock, fossils, drill core, thin sections, water, gas, etc.). However, systems with the ability to link physical samples with digital information, such as ...

Other Contribution (1)

Research on Cognitive Domain in Geoscience Learning: Quantitative Reasoning, Problem Solving, and Use of Models part of NAGT:Geoscience Education Research:Community Framework for GER:Cognitive - Problem Solving, Quantitative Reasoning, Models
Download a pdf of this chapterKim A. Kastens, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Ashlee Dere, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Deana Pennington, The University of Texas at El Paso; and Vic Ricchezza, University of ...