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  • Scientific Inquiry and Data Analysis Using WildCam Gorongosa

    Scientific Inquiry and Data Analysis Using WildCam Gorongosa

    Activity

    In this activity, students will be guided through making observations from trail camera data in Gorongosa National Park, the development and investigation of a scientifically testable research question, and analysis of their results.

  • Biodiversity Studies in Gorongosa

    Biodiversity Studies in Gorongosa

    Activity

    In this activity, students will calculate species richness, evenness, and the Shannon diversity index for various habitat types using data from trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park, and then investigate the impact of human activity in these habitats.

  • Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Activity

    In this activity, students use data from published studies to understand patterns of seed dispersal and apply these ideas to the design of a conservation area.

  • Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

    Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

    Activity

    Students use cards to build model food webs and evaluate how ecological disturbances affect each trophic level. Also available in Spanish.

  • Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Activity

    Genetically modified mosquitoes have been used to reduce mosquito populations and the diseases they spread. But how can we tell if the method works? In this activity, students analyze data from a field experiment.

  • Modeling Trophic Cascades

    Modeling Trophic Cascades

    Activity

    Students use cards of animal and plant species to model trophic cascades. Species examples are drawn from seven different habitats to test student understanding.

  • The Great Elephant Census Modeling Activity

    The Great Elephant Census Modeling Activity

    Activity

    In this classroom activity, students will model two types of counting methods, sample counts and total counts, to determine population size. 

  • Discovering Keystone Species

    Discovering Keystone Species

    Poster

    This classroom poster illustrates Robert Paine’s pioneering experiment that demonstrated the importance of top-down regulation of ecological communities by predators and led to his coining of the term keystone species.

  • Niche Partitioning Activity

    Niche Partitioning Activity

    Activity

    Students are introduced to real-world examples of niche partitioning and cutting-edge technology used to give unprecedented insights into the feeding habits of wild animals.

  • Building Ecological Pyramids

    Building Ecological Pyramids

    Activity

    In this activity, students will build biomass pyramids depicting trophic levels of various habitat types using data from trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park.

  • Lesson 8 - WildCam Gorongosa: Data Analysis

    Lesson 8 - WildCam Gorongosa: Data Analysis

    Activity

    In this activity, students will collect actual data from WildCam Gorongosa and use those data to create graphs and answer an ecological question of their choice.

  • Lesson 7 - Observations Across Habitats

    Lesson 7 - Observations Across Habitats

    Activity

    In this lesson, students will compare wildlife in two different habitats by making observations using sets of trail camera photos. They will then use these observations to formulate questions for further study.

  • Lesson 6 - Biomes and Landscapes

    Lesson 6 - Biomes and Landscapes

    Activity

    In this lesson, students will use an interactive map of Gorongosa National Park to learn about biomes. They will then explore E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth iBook to learn about the varied landscapes and vegetation types in Gorongosa.

  • Lesson 5 - Tracking Lion Communities

    Lesson 5 - Tracking Lion Communities

    Activity

    For this lesson, students will watch the video “Tracking Lion Recovery in Gorongosa National Park” and complete a worksheet.

  • Lesson 4 - Gorongosa's Food Webs

    Lesson 4 - Gorongosa's Food Webs

    Activity

    In this lesson, students will learn about how food webs are constructed and trophic levels in an ecological community. They will then use animals that they identify in WildCam Gorongosa to construct food chains and food webs, and study the impacts of disturbances.

  • Lesson 3 - Scientific Inquiry with WildCam Gorongosa

    Lesson 3 - Scientific Inquiry with WildCam Gorongosa

    Activity

    In this lesson, students will use WildCam Gorongosa to start making observations and generating scientific questions using a single trail camera photo.

  • Lesson 2 - Gorongosa National Park

    Lesson 2 - Gorongosa National Park

    Activity

    In this lesson students will learn about the history of Gorongosa National Park and the ongoing restoration effort through readings and videos.

  • Lesson 1 - WildCam Gorongosa

    Lesson 1 - WildCam Gorongosa

    Activity

    In this lesson students will learn how to use WildCam Gorongosa and get introduced to some of the animals in the park.

  • Fungus-Cultivating Termites of the African Savanna — Ecosystem Engineers

    Fungus-Cultivating Termites of the African Savanna — Ecosystem Engineers

    Poster

    The poster for the 2015 Holiday Lectures on Science, Patterns and Processes in Ecology, illustrates how termites enhance the productivity and stability of African savanna ecosystems.

  • Creating Chains and Webs to Model Ecological Relationships

    Creating Chains and Webs to Model Ecological Relationships

    Activity

    Students use cards to build model food webs and evaluate how ecological disturbances affect each trophic level. Also available in Spanish.

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