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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.

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View Resource Literature circles as active learning packets for use in the natural sciences: Transforming traditional supplemental instruction into guided study

At Paul Smith's College, we have worked to transform the model of weekly SI (supplemental instruction) into GSG (Guided Study) for General Ecology (Bio 210). We modified literature circle worksheets based off of the work of Harvey Daniels to be used in the natural sciences. We then created a step-by-step instructional framework to implement literature circles in the natural sciences. This...

View Resource Egg size plasticity in bean beetles (Callosobruchus maculatus): Does host bean species matter?

In this exercise, students design a series of experiments (1) to test whether female bean beetles adjust the size of their eggs on different host bean species and (2) to determine whether differences in egg size based on host bean species are optimal. Most often, students design experiments in which different females are allowed to lay eggs on different bean species that vary in nutritional...

View Resource The Chesapeake Bay & Poultry Farming: A socio-environmental perspective

Students will explore the influences of poultry farming on the ecosystem health of the Chesapeake Bay. A field trip to a poultry farm helps put the case study in context. In a jigsaw design, students first act as expert groups or stakeholders and then are assigned into different synthesis groups. During each step of the process, students utilize social and natural science datasets and discuss...

View Resource The Anacostia River: A socio-environmental perspective

In two 4-6 week modules (case studies) students explore the influences of urban practices on the ecosystem health of the Chesapeake Bay. A field trip to the Anacostia River helps introduce the case study. In a jigsaw design, students first act as expert groups or stakeholders and then are assigned into different mixed groups. During each step of the process, students utilize social and natural...

View Resource Socio-environmental Synthesis: Linking Biology and Political Science Courses to Assess Hydroelectric Dam Relicensing

This module uses a “linked-classes” approach to teaching socio-environmental synthesis. A three-week (6 class) module is taught in two different classes (one in biology, one in policy studies). Students conceptualize and conduct research around a common focal question from specific stakeholder/expert positions. Our focal question was: “Should the Federal Energy Regulat...