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Site Guide: Ecology
Find resources and teaching materials such as visualizations, and effective teaching methods from SERC projects and collaborators for teaching about ecology in the classroom or lab.
Click the images above to browse teaching activities and course descriptions related to Ecology topics. Collections are contributed by faculty and may include service learning projects, writing assignments, field trips, course descriptions, and syllabi.
General Collections & Resources
Biocomplexity in the Geosciences - This site contains a variety of resources for faculty members who teach undergraduate courses related to biocomplexity, including biological, geological, chemical, physical and human systems. You will find links to activities and assignments, internet and computer resources, publications, presentations from the 2003 workshop on Teaching Biocomplexity in the Geosciences.
Earth Exploration Toolbook Biology Chapters - These chapters use data and quantitative skills in presenting topics including wetlands, phytoplankton blooms, and carbon cycles to students.
Teaching about Food - From the InTeGrate project, every student has a personal connection with food. Effective pedagogy will expand their thinking beyond their own "face value" experiences and consider the food supply from broader perspectives such as society, economics, environment and resource use. Explore themes and strategies for integrating food topics in the classroom and gain ideas from these teaching materials.
Teaching about Water – From the InTeGrate project, topics related to water transcend just about all fields of study including the sciences, human health, sociology, environmental justice, and philosophy. There are numerous pathways to introduce water and sustainability themes into a wide range of contexts. Examples include: water availability, water management, water rights, and water quality. Explore themes and strategies for integrating water topics in the classroom from these teaching materials.
Curriculum for the Bioregion - This is a network of educators in Washington State who are integrating sustainability and place-based content in a broad array of undergraduate courses. The site hosts collections of teaching activities, courses, and essays with approaches to curriculum integration and engaging pedagogies for both classroom- and community-based learning.
Microbial Life - Educational Resources: This site contains a variety of educational and supporting materials for students and teachers of microbiology. You will find information about microorganisms, extremophiles and extreme habitats, as well as links that provide information about the ecology, diversity and evolution of microorganisms for students, K-12 teachers, university faculty, and the general public.
Red Tide - Microbial Life Educational Resources - This page provides users with basic information about red tide, including what it is, what causes it, why it's harmful, and how to remediate it. The page also includes links to collections of further information which are categorized by audience: general, advanced, and educators.
The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone - Microbial Life Educational Resources - This page provides users with basic information about dead zones, focusing on the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, and includes information such as what it is, what causes it, why it's harmful, and how to remediate it. The page also includes links to collections of further information which are categorized by audience: general, advanced, and educators.
Exploring Mote Marine Laboratory Oceanography Data in the Classroom - This activity uses data from the Mote Marine Laboratory to teach students about red tide and other harmful algal blooms. It can be used as a laboratory activity.
Neotoma - This project offers an online hub for data, research, education, and discussion about paleoenvironments. The database is designed to make it easier for community members to discover, explore, and share datasets that illustrate paleoenvironmental conditions. It includes a collection of teaching activities.
CISMI Interdisciplinary Resources - This site offers case studies and a variety of teaching and curriculum development materials for multiple topics in biology, including bioinformatics, interdisciplinary biology, and environmental science.
MERLOT - Biology Activity Collection - This site is an entryway to a small collection of teaching materials and contains several examples of activities that involve teaching ecology in a biology course.
Ocean Chemistry and Productivity Visualizations - This page hosts a handful of illustrations, diagrams, and models about carbon cycling, phytoplankton, chlorophyll concentration, algal blooms, nutrient cycling and more.
Nitrates and Phosphates and Algae, Oh My! - Earth Labs - This page is the beginning in a series of labs that explore algae and how they can affect fisheries. Included is a lab that specifically involves dead zones and harmful algal blooms. Each lab contains visualizations, background information, resources and a series of questions students can use to quiz themselves on the material.
Related Site Guides
Biology – This Site Guide will show you where to find teaching resources about biology across the sites accessible through SERC.
Evolution - This Site Guide will show you where to find teaching resources about evolution across the sites accessible through SERC.
Red Tide, Harmful Algal Blooms, and Dead Zones site guide. This site guide provides links to pages that include information about harmful algal blooms, including red tide and those related to dead zones as well as a collection images and links to further information.
Sustainability Site Guide - This site guide provides access to resources for teaching sustainability concepts across a wide range of disciplines and courses.