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Investigating the Ecology of West Nile Virus in the United States

Use maps, online databases, and peer-reviewed literature to:
(1) learn background information on
WNV (history of emergence in the US; life cycle, hosts, and vectors; different forms of WNV
disease and susceptibility of various human age groups) and
(2) generate and test hypotheses
correlating human, avian, and mosquito WNV infection with avian biodiversity,
presence/abundance of different avian hosts, climatology, topography, land use, and presence of
specific habitats such as wetlands (Hometown Approach). Use either Supplement (in Resource
Files) or Internet databases to analyze data in graphs and interpret maps to answer questions
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Resource Group TIEE
Resource Group Link
Primary or BEN resource type
Secondary resource type
General Biology Core Concepts
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
General Biology Competencies
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords Abiotic and biotic environmental factors, biodiversity, epidemiology
Intended End User Role
Educational Language
Pedagogical Use Category
Pedagogical Use Description Guided inquiry or open-ended inquiry, cooperative learning, critical thinking
Aggregation Level
Full Name of Primary Author Barbara J. Abraham
Primary Author Affiliation Department of Biological Sciences, Hampton
University, Hampton, VA 23668
Primary Author email
Secondary Author Name(s) Josephine Rodriguez
Secondary Author Affiliation(s) National Center for Ecological Analysis &
Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3351
Added By Id
  • eduintern
Submitter Name ESA
Submitter Email
Rights All rights reserved. Fair use for educational purposes.
Review type
Drought and Water Ecosystem Services Collection Off
Conservation Targets Under Global Change Collection Off
Big Data Collection Off
Editors Choice No
Resource Status
Date Of Record Submission 0000-00-00
Date Of Record Release 2019-04-18 13:23:25
Last Modified By Id
  • tmourad
Date Last Modified 2019-04-18 13:23:25
Release Flag Published

Resource Comments

Subject: Comment On: Investigating the Ecology of West Nile Virus in the United States
Posted By: Cetter
Date Posted: 2019-07-15 14:31:06
This resource was modified by Catherine Sughrue Etter ( for use in a non-majors and majors, general education Environmental Science and Earth Science courses. My modification helps students to learn how the local and national climate impacts the population dynamics of disease spreading organisms. The modification can be found at:
Subject: Comment On: Investigating the Ecology of West Nile Virus in the United States
Posted By: jdoudna
Date Posted: 2019-05-31 07:43:08
This resource was modified by Michelle Phillips ( for use in a non-majors, general education General Biology course. My modification helps students to learn graph-reading skills, understand the importance of elevation and climate on population dynamics, introduces them to the effects of abiotic and biotic factors, and endemic, endangered, and invasive species. It has also has students predict changes to the populations based on future climate scenarios. The modification can be found at: