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Welcome to the Life DiscoveryEd Digital Library (LDDL), 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 Botanical Society of America and the Society for the Study of Evolution, collectively, the Life Discovery Partners. 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.

The Life Discovery Partners are committed to bringing quality resources to educators free of charge based on the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. Teaching activities, data sets and figure sets on the site are peer-reviewed and accepted for educational use by one of the partners. Other resources such as images and syllabi have been reviewed by a Resource Editor.

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We welcome contributions to our growing number of resources for middle and high school audiences that align with the Next Generation Science Standards.

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.

To submit a resource. You will need to select one of the three participating portals to initiate the review process:

EcoEd Digital Library

PlantEd Digital Library

EvoEd Digital Library

 
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View Resource Investigating the Ecology of West Nile Virus in the United States

Use maps, online databases, and peer-reviewed literature to: (1) learn background information on WNV (history of emergence in the US; life cycle, hosts, and vectors; different forms of WNV disease and susceptibility of various human age groups) and (2) generate and test hypotheses correlating human, avian, and mosquito WNV infection with avian biodiversity, presence/abundance of different...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

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

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

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...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Tree Tender Supplemental Teaching Bundle

The short film Tree Tender (2016) follows a young woman, Gaia, becoming the newest Tree Tender, learning about the Tree of Life, the connections between all organisms on the Tree, the importance of understanding these connections, and the human-caused mass extinction currently occurring. Note: Please read 01 Tree Tender Curriculum Bundle.pdf first. Each of these major concepts are...

 

Publisher: PlantEd Digital Library

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View Resource Finding a species-area relationship for island birds using Solver in Excel

Grasping the mathematics underlying the species-area relationship in island biogeography can be difficult for students if they experience it passively. This exercise allows students to take an authentic data set of bird species richness from different islands in the Solomon Islands Archipelago and fit a species-area relationship (S=cAz). Students explore a biological concept in a hands-on...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library