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Welcome to the Botanical Society of America's new resource portal! This project is a partnership of the Ecological Society of America, the Botanical Society of America and the Society for the Study of Evolution, collectively, the Life Discovery Partners. Launched in March 2013, this project was made possible by a major grant from the National Science Foundation. This site is designed to allow members to share resources online images, syllabi, labs, lectures, data sets, software, etc. If you have a resource that helps the Society promote its mission, we're here to assist you in sharing it.

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RESOURCE USERS: All items presented on the site are peer-reviewed and accepted for educational use by the Botanical Society of America and/or one of the peer Society partners.
 
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View Resource Life Cycle Analysis and Assessment of Crop Production Methods

Students use their ecological knowledge of soil processes, energy, water systems, and human interactions to compare the environmental impact of food production. Each group of 3-4 students develop life cycle analyses (LCA) for a single crop grown under different scenarios. As individuals, students are responsible for developing two LCA for that crop, and then together in their groups, they compile...

View Resource Simulating Sampling Communities and Calculating Diversity Indices with Scrabble Game Tiles

Using tiles from a Scrabble game, we present methods to create simulations of sampling exercises and to develop diversity indices. The tiles represent species, and so a known sampling universe (100 tiles) allows comparing a sample with the known distribution of species. We then offer several variations to simulate different kinds of sampling (larger sample size, more samples), alter the rarity...

View Resource Measuring Soil Microbial Activity

This activity examines how soil microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, are involved in carbon cycling. Students design experiments to explore the relationship between microbial respiration rates and soil variables such as temperature, habitat, soil type, and agricultural management choices. Four methods for measuring CO2 released from soil are provided, one in the field (CO2 probe), and three in...

View Resource False eye-spots on an owl

These photos of a Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) were taken in Kruger National Park in 2015. From the front, this diminutive owl looks like any other. From the back, it has false eye-spots (presumably to startle predators).

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View Resource How the Bioblitz Boosts the Zoology Course

Collection of invertebrates on campus, as part of the BioBlitz, increases the interest in students in animals as they get to go out to the field and collect specimens. They also learn about collection techniques and equipment. These activities also provide an opportunity for experimental design. Students are also contributing to the species count of the BioBlitz.