Little Niche on the Prairie

By Nancy Emery

Purdue University

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Students learn to create and analyze graphs associated with a published ecological experiment and the different ways of illustrating sources of variation in a complex data set to effectively present results.

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  1. Lab 4: Broader Significance and Real-World Applications

    06 Mar 2012 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Nancy Emery

    Today's lab activity aims to integrate the knowledge you have acquired over the past three weeks with "real world" challenges and constraints that may accompany restoration decisions. Working in groups, you will (1) address a series of questions about your team's approach to your particular...

  2. Lab 3: Data Analysis and Interpretation

    06 Mar 2012 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Nancy Emery

    In your writing assignment for Week 1 you generated at least one hypothesis and prediction for each of these questions. The writing assignment for Week 2 asked you to state the comparisons that are necessary to test your predictions. Today, you will work in pairs to complete some simple graphs...

  3. Lab 2: Plant Responses to Burn Season at Prophetstown State Park

    06 Mar 2012 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Nancy Emery

    In this lab we will collect our own data on plant community composition in a recently restored tallgrass prairie site at Prophetstown State Park. We aim to compare the communities of two parcels that are burned in different seasons, and ultimately compare our results to those reported for Konza...

  4. Lab 1: Plant Responses to Burn Season at Konza Prairie

    06 Mar 2012 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Nancy Emery

    This lab uses data published in Towne and Kemp (2003) to investigate the effects of fire disturbance on plant populations and communities in the tallgrass prairie. You will create and interpret graphical representations of the data to evaluate the central question of the lab (stated below) and a...

  5. Prairie Module Overview of Weekly Writing Assignments

    23 Feb 2012 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Nancy Emery

    As you progress through the Prairie Module over the next four weeks, you will be introduced to fire disturbance and its known effects on prairie plant populations (Week 1), collect your own field data on restored prairie parcels with different season-of-burn treatments (Week 2), analyze that...