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Out of Your Seat and on Your Feet! An adaptable coursebased research project in plant ecology for advanced students
Learning ObjectivesStudents will: Articulate testable hypotheses. (Lab 8, final presentation/paper, inclass exercises)
 Analyze data to determine the level of support for articulated hypotheses. (Labs 47, final presentation/paper)
 Identify multiple species of plants in the field quickly and accurately. (Labs 23, field trip)
 Measure environmental variables and sample vegetation in the field. (Labs 23, field trip)
 Analyze soil samples using a variety of lowtech lab techniques. (Open labs after field trip)
 Use multiple statistical techniques to analyze data for patterns. (Labs 48, final presentation/paper)
 Interpret statistical analyses to distinguish between strong and weak interactions in a biological system. (Labs 47, final presentation/paper)
 Develop and present a conferencestyle presentation in a public forum. (Lab 8, final presentation/paper)
 Write a publicationready research paper communicating findings and displaying data. (Lab 8, final presentation/paper)

A new approach to coursebased research using a hermit crabhydrozoan symbiosis
Learning ObjectivesStudents will be able to: define different types of symbiotic interactions, with specific examples.
 summarize and critically evaluate contemporary primary literature relevant to ecological symbioses, in particular that between hermit crabs and Hydractinia spp.
 articulate a question, based on observations of a natural phenomenon (in this example, the hermit crabHydractinia interaction).
 articulate a testable hypothesis, based on their own observations and read of the literature.
 design appropriate experimental or observational studies to address their hypotheses.
 collect and interpret data in light of their hypotheses.
 problemsolve and troubleshoot issues that arise during their experiment.
 communicate scientific results, both orally and in written form.

Dynamic Daphnia: An inquirybased research experience in ecology that teaches the scientific process to firstyear...
Learning ObjectivesStudents will be able to: Construct written predictions about 1 factor experiments.
 Interpret simple (2 variables) figures.
 Construct simple (2 variables) figures from data.
 Design simple 1 factor experiments with appropriate controls.
 Demonstrate proper use of standard laboratory items, including a twostop pipette, stereomicroscope, and laboratory notebook.
 Calculate means and standard deviations.
 Given some scaffolding (instructions), select the correct statistical test for a data set, be able to run a ttest, ANOVA, chisquared test, and linear regression in Microsoft Excel, and be able to correctly interpret their results.
 Construct and present a scientific poster.

Dilution and Pipetting Lesson Using Food Dyes
Learning Objectives Students can use the formula c1v1=c2v2 to calculate dilutions.
 Students can accurately set and use a micropipette.
 Students are able to prepare complex solutions such as enzyme reactions.