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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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Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource To Plant, or Not to Plant? Regulating Invasive Plant Species in the Mid-Atlantic States: A Social-Ecological System Case Study

As invasive plant species spread across landscapes, costs of their economic and environmental impacts have sparked interest in regulating their sale and transport. Laws now prohibit the sale and movement of some species. State and local governments are drafting regulations that will affect horticulture, plant nurseries, and options for landscape design. Awareness of invasive plant species is...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Painting turtles: an introduction to species distribution modeling in R

Cooperative learning: Students can work through the exercises in groups, using either the painted turtle data or group-specific taxa (i.e., each group selects a taxon to model). This module addresses multiple, complex concepts online data availability & access, spatial query & analysis, global climate models, theoretical concepts of SDMs, model fitting any of which can be expanded depending...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

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