WK 5 Using Continental Scale Data to Teach Undergraduate Ecology

Sunday, August 2, 2009: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Laguna, Albuquerque Convention Center
In the future, data from the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) will be an important resource for faculty to use to teach ecology at spatial and temporal scales that are not possible through traditional field experiences. In the present, datasets from existing continental-scale networks are similar to the kinds of data expected to be available from NEON. Participants in this workshop will explore classroom uses of existing continental-scale data, focusing on data currently available through the EcoTrends network. EcoTrends includes over 10,000 datasets from Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites, USDA, and other state and federal agencies. The workshop will focus on guided discussion of how participants can use the data in classroom exercises to address four key ecological challenges (biodiversity, biogeochemistry, climate change, and ecohydrology). Preceding the August Workshop, there will be an introductory webinar on Wednesday, July 8 (2-4 PM EST) to familiarize participants with continental-scale ecology and the datasets that will be used during the workshop. Participants will complete a data exploration “homework” assignment between the July webinar and the August workshop. Registration for this workshop will close when it reaches capacity OR on July 1 so that all participants are registered in time to attend the July 8 webinar. This workshop includes lunch on Sunday, August 2.
Organizer:
Jennifer Riem
Co-organizers:
Bruce W. Grant , Christine Laney and Brian Wee
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