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High Speed Botany

Kula, Abby [1], Bolen, Rosina [2].

From the Mid-Atlantic to the African Savannah: A Virtual Field Trip for Introductory Biology Students.

Introductory biology students embark on a virtual field trip to the African savannah, inspired by BioInteractive materials from Gorongosa National Park. We begin with a film about a young Mozambican man exploring the importance of conservation for the future of his people. Biodiversity research provides examples to illustrate ecological and evolutionary concepts. Our case study explores Acacia species distribution. A BioInteractive food web activity food webs helps students visualize species interactions and the impacts of disturbance. Students perform hypothesis testing by analyzing data from trail camera photos. Assessment of the effectiveness of this overarching theme for student learning is on-going.


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Related Links:
HHMI BioInteractive resources focused on Gorongosa National Park, an inspiration for our semester-long theme for introductory biology


1 - Mount St. Mary's University, Science, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd., Coad Science, Emmitsburg, MD, 21727, United States
2 - Mount St. Mary's University, Science, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd., Emmitsburg, MD, 21727, USA

Keywords:
savannah
Ecology
plant distribution
food webs
life history
biodiversity.

Presentation Type: High Speed Botany Lightning Talks
Session: LT2, High Speed Botany for Everyone
Location: 108/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2018
Time: 7:50 PM
Number: LT2006
Abstract ID:1301
Candidate for Awards:None


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