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Welcome to the Life DiscoveryEd Digital Library, an online resource portal for biology education in ecology, plant biology and evolution. This project is a partnership of the Ecological Society of America, the Society for Economic Botany, the Botanical Society of America and the Society for the Study of Evolution launched in March 2013. This project was made possible by a major grant from the National Science Foundation. Currently, you will find that most resources are appropriate for undergraduate audiences. We welcome resources for middle and high school audiences that align with the Next Generation Science Standards. We welcome your contribution. You will be able to share images, syllabi, labs, lectures, figures, videos, classroom activities and data sets in LifeDiscoveryEdDL. We're here to assist you to submit your resource.

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View Resource Using functional responses to investigate the ecological consequences of an introduced biological control agent

Biological control agents are used in a wide range of contexts to limit damage from pests. However, the broader ecological consequences of such agents often are unclear before ecological risk assessments are performed. This Figure Set guides students to think through potential consequences of using biological control agents, and then uses a specific study to challenge students to interpret results...

View Resource Data Management using National Ecological Observatory Network’s (NEON) Small Mammal Data with Accompanying Lesson on Mark Recapture Analysis

Students learn fundamentals of data organizing, create and evaluation their own data sheets, evaluate NEON’s approach to data, manipulate data in a spreadsheet, and estimate abundance of small mammals using the Lincoln-Peterson model.

View Resource The nose knows: How tri-trophic interactions and natural history shape bird foraging behavior

This dataset is designed for first-year biology students, but can be altered for upper-level students. After receiving sufficient background on the biology of King penguins, students must make hypotheses regarding the penguins’ sensitivity to an odor known to be associated with the primary productivity of the ocean. Students are given multiple data sets and need to analyze the data using a variet...

View Resource The Effect of Climate Change on Butterfly Phenology

Plot and analyze natural history specimen data to identify trends in butterfly phenology, plot temperature data and test for relationships between temperature and phenology, relate their findings to published research

View Resource Investigating Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Ecologies Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The students explore and analyze data on two Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) - chlamydia and gonorrhea - at the county level. The students download the spatial and temporal datasets of the diseases for the period of over 15 years, from 2000 to 2014, at the county level for the entire state of Texas. The students then process the datasets and import them into Geographic Information Systems...