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Grasping the mathematics underlying the species-area relationship in island biogeography can be difficult for students if they experience it passively. This exercise allows students to take an authentic data set of bird species richness from different islands in the Solomon Islands Archipelago and fit a species-area relationship (S=cAz). Students explore a biological concept in a hands-on fashion and better understand how mathematical models are employed in ecology.
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Discipline Specific Core Concepts
General Biology Competencies
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords species-area curve, Excel, Solver, least-squares line, biogeography
Key taxa birds
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Pedagogical Use Description This can be used as an in-class lab exercise, a take-home lab exercise, or a combination of the two.
Uniqueness Students use an authentic data set to apply ecological models.
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Full Name of Primary Author Matthew R Orr
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Primary Author Affiliation OSU-Cascades
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  • mattorr4
Submitter Name Matt Orr
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Rights copyright Matt Orr 2018
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Drought and Water Ecosystem Services Collection Off
Conservation Targets Under Global Change Collection Off
Big Data Collection Off
Editors Choice No
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Date Of Record Submission 2018-08-07
Date Of Record Release 2019-01-25 18:03:03
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  • tmourad
Date Last Modified 2019-01-25 18:03:03
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