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ADAPTATION: Coral Reefs of Vanuatu
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The coral reefs of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu are the backbone of the island's environmental and economic health. Today they face destruction from a silent predator that can rapidly decimate an entire reef. In this video, students learn about how a starfish is destroying the coral reefs of Vanuatu and how the islanders are adapting.

Subject:
Applied Science
Biology
Career and Technical Education
Ecology
Economics
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
LearningMedia
Public Broadcasting Service
Date Added:
08/01/2022
ADAPTATION: Invasive Carp of Kentucky
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In this video, an entrepreneur is finding new ways to manage the invasive Asian carp problem in the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Once introduced to help mitigate an algae problem, the carp became invasive. This video highlights how the local community has adapted to the issue, including how they have gained ideas about how to utilize the carp from other cultures to help mitigate the issue.

Subject:
Applied Science
Biology
Career and Technical Education
Ecology
Economics
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
LearningMedia
Public Broadcasting Service
Date Added:
08/01/2022
Acid Oceans
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This video follows biologist Gretchen Hofmann as she studies the effects of ocean acidification on sea urchin larvae.

Subject:
Applied Science
Biology
Career and Technical Education
Ecology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Physical Science
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Acidentes causados por animais aquáticos em pescadores artesanais: Como prevenir e tratar lesões e envenenamentos.
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Produto educacional destinado, principalmente a pescadores artesanais e comunidades ligadas a pesca artesanal, contendo informações sobre espécies relacionadas a acidentes que envolvem animais aquáticos e pescadores artesanais, o perigo de determinados procedimentos inadequados e procedimentos recomendados como medidas de primeiros socorros.

Subject:
Biology
Ecology
Education
Ethnic Studies
Life Science
Social Science
Zoology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Author:
José Eduardo Martinelli Filho
Patricia Fernandes da Silva
Date Added:
11/21/2019
After the Ice - Part 1: Our Food
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After the Ice: Our Food discusses changes in historic food sources for Arctic Native Americans. Global climate change is altering yearly cycles of both ice coverage and depth in the Bering Sea. Changes in the ice affect the way local native groups hunt in order to feed their community.

Subject:
Agriculture
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Ecology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Arctic Research Consortium of the United States
Study of Environmental Arctic Change
Date Added:
06/30/2021
After the Ice - Part 2: Our Land
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This 7-minute video illustrates how the historic homeland for Arctic Native Americans is being affected by climate change. Shorefast ice and pack ice are present for a shorter part of the year. This has profound affects on the way of life in the Bering Sea region, to the point where the community may have to relocate.

Subject:
Applied Science
Biology
Career and Technical Education
Ecology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Arctic Research Consortium of the United States
Study of Environmental Arctic Change
Date Added:
06/30/2021
Alerte Terre!: An Interactive Lecture  Activity  on  Environmental Topics
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In this Interactive Lecture Demonstration, students will predict the main issues that might be included in short French language videos treating topics such as endangered species, organic farming, the effect of aerosols on the environment, pollution and sustainable development. They will then view short videos on the topics and reflect on how their prior assumptions meshed with reality.

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Biology
Ecology
Environmental Science
Geoscience
Languages
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Laura Franklin
Date Added:
08/28/2012
The American Pika: A climate indicator species?
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This video provides a detailed description of the habitat of the American Pika and how this organism may serve as a climate indicator species because they have a relatively narrow ecological niche and specialized habitat.

Subject:
Applied Science
Biology
Career and Technical Education
Ecology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Earth Initiatives
Niwot Ridge Long Term Research Project
Date Added:
07/05/2021
Applied Ecology
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Applied ecology is a framework for the application of knowledge about ecosystems so that actions can be taken to create a better balance and harmony between people and nature in order to reduce human impact on other beings and their habitats.

Subject:
Ecology
Life Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Wikibooks
Date Added:
07/27/2016
Applied Ecology
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About this book
Origin story
I (Erin) began this book project after participating in the Open Pedagogy Incubator hosted by the NC State University Libraries in 2020, with the goal of making my course materials – and information about Applied Ecology – more broadly accessible to students, educators, and the general public. Rather than impose my sole voice, perspective, and biases, I restructured my course assignments to enable student creation of the content you will encounter in this book. The assignments are open-ended and open-world, motivating students to collaborate with each other and to seek knowledge beyond the classroom, and thus embody core characteristics of the discipline of Applied Ecology as well as Open Education and Universal Design for Learning. I hope that by centering student voices and by highlighting diverse scientists, research systems and ecosystems, this work empowers the reader and highlights the relevance of Applied Ecology in our everyday lives.

Intended use
This book is formatted to provide information about key ecological principles, concepts, and processes, explored and applied across various contexts. The text can be used as a foundational or supplementary text for ecology courses, or as a standalone reference for students in formal academic settings or beyond.

The Vocabulary terms at the beginning of each chapter are listed in the order that students will encounter them while reading the blog-style summary for that chapter. The Glossary lists all terms in the entire book in alphabetical order, for quick reference as needed.

We have provided an appendix with skeletal outlines that students can use to guide their notetaking. I also intend to compile a companion volume for educators, containing templates for each assignment used to guide the student works presented here.

Accessibility
We use sans-serif fonts to facilitate readability in digital format and by readers who are neurodivergent. We also support screen readership through alt-text images.

Subject:
Ecology
Life Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
North Carolina State University
Author:
Emily Rund
Erin McKenney
Date Added:
07/28/2023
ArcGIS Living Atlas - Indicators of the Planet
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Living Atlas Indicators of the Planet provide the user with up-to-date data, maps, graphs, charts, animation and other visuals to explore the science of climate and environmental change. 18 indicators from Air Quality to Women in Parliament can be explored.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Biology
Career and Technical Education
Ecology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Oceanography
Physical Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World community and partners
ESRI
Date Added:
07/09/2021
Are You Smarter Than a Dinosaur?
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Students investigate the intelligence of dinosaurs by comparing the relative size of brain and body mass to living animals. Students plot the living animals to determine a general relationship of brain and body mass and then use that relation to interpret a range of dinosaurs. The activity gives students practice in graphical data comparison and other methods of data analysis. Students also investigate how well this method works and what weaknesses it might have.

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Subject:
Biology
Ecology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Martin Farley
Date Added:
09/04/2020
Assess burn scars with satellite imagery
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Using Landsat 8 imagery from before and after the 2015 wildfire season in Glacier National Park, Montana, learners calculate the damage using a Normalized Burn Index, digitize the burn area, and publish to ArcGIS Online.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Career and Technical Education
Ecology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
ArcGIS
Date Added:
07/07/2021
Atlas of Change
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In this activity, students explore the web-based U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Atlas to learn about projected climate changes in their state and how suitable habitat for tree and bird species is projected to change by 2100.

Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Ecology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
PINEMAP Project
University of Florida, Project Learning Tree
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Attacks on a Protective Canopy
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This is a photo essay linked to a New York Times story about climate-related stressors on forests -- including mountain pine beetles, forest fires, forest clearance, and ice storms -- and the importance of protecting forests as an important carbon sink.

Subject:
Applied Science
Biology
Career and Technical Education
Ecology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Josh Haner
The New York Times
Date Added:
05/15/2012
The Big Melt
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This is a collection of five short videos that show how climate change is affecting fishing, native populations and access for the oil and gas industry in the Arctic. The videos include personal reflections by writers Andrew C. Revkin and Simon Romero, scientists, and residents about their experience of the impacts of the climate change in the Arctic.

Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Ecology
Economics
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Oceanography
Physical Science
Social Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Andrew C Revkin
Simon Romero
The New York Times
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Biology 2e
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Biology 2e is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors. The text provides comprehensive coverage of foundational research and core biology concepts through an evolutionary lens. Biology includes rich features that engage students in scientific inquiry, highlight careers in the biological sciences, and offer everyday applications. The book also includes various types of practice and homework questions that help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

The 2nd edition has been revised to incorporate clearer, more current, and more dynamic explanations, while maintaining the same organization as the first edition. Art and illustrations have been substantially improved, and the textbook features additional assessments and related resources.

Subject:
Biology
Ecology
Life Science
Zoology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Jung Choi
Matthew Douglas
Mary Ann Clark
Date Added:
03/04/2019
Biostatistics: Data and Models
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This textbook provides a survey of statistical methods commonly used in the life sciences, an introduction to statistical theory, and significant exposure to the statistical software package SAS 9.4. The textbook is designed for graduate students and upper division undergraduates, and assumes some familiarity with mathematical notation, functions, and algebra. No previous courses in statistics are needed. For those interested in using the software package R, programs similar in function to the SAS ones are also provided. A unique feature of this textbook is the integration of statistical procedures and theory. Most introductory texts present the statistical procedures and a mechanistic explanation of how they work, without discussing the underlying theory. Some knowledge of this theory is essential for students in the life sciences, especially graduate students, and so the textbook uses likelihood theory to explain how parameters are estimated and statistical tests derived. The statistical models for ANOVA, regression, and other common procedures are also presented. These theoretical concepts are presented in both equation and graphical form. For detailed information on the topics covered in this textbook, see the Table of Contents file in Section 1.  

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Life Science
Statistics and Probability
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
John Reeve
Date Added:
03/10/2023