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Activity with Data SetEvolution in Action: Data AnalysisEvolutionHistogram, Bar Graph, Scatterplot, Mean, SD, 95% CI, T-testThese two activities support the film The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch. They provide students with the opportunity to analyze data collected by Princeton University evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant.
Activity with Data SetCoral Bleaching ActivityEcologyLine Graph, MapThis is a classroom activity in which students use authentic data to assess the threat of coral bleaching around the world. It supports the 2014 Holiday Lectures on Science video featuring Dr. Stephen Palumbi.
Activity with Data SetDiet and the Evolution of Salivary AmylaseEvolutionScatterplot, Regression, SD, 95% CI, t-Test, Bar GraphStudents explore the effects of different diets on the evolution of an enzyme that breaks down starch.
Activity with Data SetGot Lactase? Blood Glucose Data AnalysisGeneticsLine GraphA lesson in which students interpret the results of two different tests for lactase persistence: the blood glucose test and the hydrogen breath test. The lesson involves graphing and analyzing actual research data.
Activity with Data SetTracking Genetically Modified MosquitoesGenetics/Infectious DiseaseBar and Line Graph, and DensityIn this activity, students are challenged to provide their own questions and ideas for experiments they could conduct to investigate the impact of releasing GM mosquitoes into the wild. The students then learn the approaches that scientists at Oxitec have used to conduct such experiments, and use math, descriptive statistics, and line and bar graphs to analyze their data from treatment and control areas.biointeractive/tracking-genetically-modified-mosquitoes
Activity with Data SetPatterns in the Distribution of Lactase PersistenceEvolution/GeneticsBar graph and Frequency
In this activity, students will explore the geographic distribution of lactase persistence around the world by analyzing real data collected by scientists that will help them identify patterns.
WildCam Data ActivityScientific Inquiry Using WildCam GorongosaEcologyAny graph typeIn this activity, students will be guided through the investigation of a scientific question, using data from trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park.
WildCam Data ActivityBuilding Ecological PyramidsEcologyBar graphIn this activity, students will build biomass pyramids depicting trophic levels of various habitat types using data from trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park.
WildCam Data ActivityMeasuring Biodiversity in GorongosaEcologyRichness, evenness, and Shannon Diversity IndexIn this activity, students will calculate species richness, evenness, and the Shannon diversity index for various habitat types using data from trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park.
WildCam Data ActivityHuman Impacts on BiodiversityEcologyRichness, evenness, and Shannon Diversity IndexIn this activity, students will use trail camera data to answer a scientific research question about the impacts of humans on species diversity in Gorongosa.
Data Analysis ActivityMapping Genes to Traits in Dogs Using SNPsEvolution / GeneticsSNPs, Chi-squareIn this hands-on genetic mapping activity students identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) correlated with different traits in dogs.
Data Analysis ActivityAllele and Phenotype Frequencies in the Pocket MouseEvolutionFrequencies, Hardy-Weinberg EquationA lesson that uses real rock pocket mouse data collected by Dr. Michael Nachman and his colleagues to illustrate the Hardy-Weinberg principle.
Data Analysis ActivityMendelian Genetics, Probability, Pedigree, and Chi-Square StatisticsGeneticsMendelian Genetics, Probabilities, Pedigrees, Chi-squareA lesson that requires students to work through a series of questions pertaining to the genetics of sickle cell disease and its relationship to malaria. These questions will probe students' understanding of Mendelian genetics, probability, pedigree analysis, and chi-square statistics.
Data Analysis ActivityThe Teosinte HypothesisEvolution / GeneticsPunnett Square, Probabilities, Mathematical ModelingIn this lesson, students work through the mathematics and concepts behind George Beadle’s claim that teosinte is the wild ancestor of maize.
Data Analysis ActivityDetermining the Size and Energy of the K-T AsteroidEarth ScienceMathematical ModelingA lesson in which students calculate the mass, size, and kinetic energy of the K-T asteroid based on the total abundance of iridium in the K-T boundary layer.
Data Analysis ActivityCalculating the Iridium Fallout from an Asteroid ImpactEarth ScienceMathematical ModelingA worksheet in which students calculate how much iridium was released, and eventually deposited all over the Earth, by the impact of the asteroid that caused the K-T extinction.
Data Analysis ActivityPopulation Genetics, Selection, and EvolutionEvolution / GeneticsHardy-Weinberg Equation, Frequencies, Simulations, Bar Graph, Line GraphA hands-on activity that uses simulations with beads to teach students about population genetics, the Hardy-Weinberg principle, and how natural selection alters the frequency distribution of heritable traits.
Data Analysis ActivityBiodiversity Studies in GorongosaEcology Spreadsheet tutorials, and diversity calculationsAn online citizen science platform for identifying animals photographed by motion-detecting trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park. The WildCam Lab is a part of WildCam Gorongosa, where students can view trail camera data on a map, filter, and download the data to investigate scientific questions. In this activity, students will be guided through making observations about species diversity and calculating diversity indices using the accompanying spreadsheet tutorial. Students will then use these indices to measure biodiversity in different vegetation types in Gorongosa and investigate the impact human activity might have on biodiversity./biointeractive/biodiversity-studies-in-gorongosa
Data Analysis Activity
Scientific Inquiry and Data Analysis Using WildCam Gorongosa
EcologySpreadsheet tutorialsStudents will be guided through making observations from trail camera data in Gorongosa National Park, the development and investigation of a scientifically testable research question, and analysis of their results.
Stats TutorialSpreadsheet Data Analysis TutorialsStatsMean, Median, SD, Bar Graphs, SEM, t-Test, HistogramThese tutorials are designed to show essential data analysis techniques using a spreadsheet program such as Excel. Follow the tutorials in sequence to learn the fundamentals of using a spreadsheet program to organize data, use formulae and functions to calculate statistical values including mean, standard deviation, standard error of the mean, 95% confidence intervals, plot graphs with error bars, perform t-tests, and plot the data as histograms.
Stats TutorialSampling and Normal DistributionStatsSampling, SEM, Normal DistributionGraphically explore how sample distribution and standard error of the mean depends on the sample size.
Data PointSchooling Behavior of Stickleback Fish from Different HabitatsAnimal BehaviorBar GraphA team of scientists studied the schooling behavior of threespine stickleback fish by experimentally testing how individual fish responded to an artificial fish school model.
Data PointEffects of Natural Selection on Finch Beak SizeEvolutionHistogramRosemary and Peter Grant studied the change in beak depths of finches on the island of Daphne Major in the Galápagos Islands after a drought.
Data PointModeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound PatternsEcologyScatterplotDr. Corina Tarnita and colleagues studied how a pattern of termite mounds across a dryland ecosystem enhances resilience against desertification.
Data PointGenetic Origin of Variation in Human Skin ColorGeneticsHistogramDr. Rebecca Lamason and colleagues studied the genetic origin of variation in human skin color using a model organism, the zebrafish.
Data PointResistance to Coral BleachingEcologyBar GraphTo test whether corals can become more resistant to bleaching, Dr. Steve Palumbi and colleagues performed a series of experiments in the U.S. National Park of American Samoa off of Ofu Island.
Data PointTrends in Atmospheric Carbon DioxideEcologyLine GraphCharles David Keeling began measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in 1958 at the Mauna Loa observatory on the big island of Hawaii. This graph shows atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration in parts per million (ppm) by volume from 1958 to 2016.
Data PointEfficacy of a Treatment for Chronic Myeloid LeukemiaCell BiologyLine GraphDr. Brian Druker and colleagues monitored white blood cell counts in six patients with chronic myeloid leukemia treated with the drug, STI571, which blocks the activity of the cancer-causing tyrosine kinase BCR-ABL.
Data PointEffects of Predation on the Niche of LizardsEvolutionLine GraphA team of scientists studied the effects of introducing a lizard predator on the food webs of a group of small islands in the Bahamas.
Data PointIdentifying Autism Genes by Tracking Gene MutationsGeneticsSNP Map & PedigreeA team of scientists used homozygosity mapping to map SNPs on chromosome 3 in a family with an autistic son to identify a likely gene that caused the disorder.
Data PointAmylase Copy Number and DietEvolutionBar Graph & Line GraphA team of scientists investigated whether there is a correlation between the number of AMY1 gene copies and the type of diet (high-starch or low-starch) of a population.
Data PointOrigin of a Gene Mutation Causing Early-Onset Alzheimer's DiseaseGeneticsPedigreeA team of scientists built a pedigree of a large extended family in Antioquia, Colombia, that has a high prevalence of early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease due to a mutation in the PSEN1 gene.
Data PointUsing Genetic Evidence to Identify Ivory Poaching HotspotsGeneticsMapA team of scientists analyzed the DNA from seized ivory to determine where the ivory from poached elephants came from.
Data PointSelective Breeding in MaizeEvolutionLine GraphResearchers performed the longest-running, controlled artificial selection experiment to study whether they could increase the protein concentration of maize (corn) by selective breeding.
Data PointThermoregulation in DinosaursEvolutionScatterplotGrady and colleagues compared dinosaur fossil evidence with evidence from living animal species to shed more light on the type of thermoregulation that dinosaurs used—ectothermy, endothermy, or mesothermy.
Data PointDead Zones in Coastal EcosystemsEcologyMapResearchers overlaid the locations of more than 400 hypoxic systems linked to eutrophication on a map of the global “human footprint.”
Data PointPatterns of Zoonotic DiseaseInfectious DiseaseMapIn this study, scientists analyzed previously published data on terrestrial mammal zoonotic host species and the pathogens they carry to search for global patterns of zoonotic disease distribution.
Data PointDating Corn Domestication Using Carbon IsotopesEvolutionScatterplotTo study the change in diet as human populations changed lifestyles from hunter-gatherers to agriculturalists, scientists measured carbon isotopes in the collagen tissues of human skeletons from North America.
Data PointBat EcholocationAnimal BehaviorSpectogramIn this study, researchers tested whether bats change their behavior while hunting based on feedback from echolocation.
Data PointCell Division and Cancer RiskCell BiologyScatterplotCancer is typically attributed to hereditary and environmental factors, but these only explain a fraction of overall cancer risk. In this study, researchers investigated how a third factor—chance genetic mutations that occur during stem cell division—may contribute to the overall rate of cancer incidence in different body tissues.
Data PointTracking Global Changes in Forest CoverEcologyBar GraphResearchers used satellite imagery analyze the amount of forest that was lost annually across the globe between 2000 and 2012.
Data PointSnail Fronts and Salt Marsh Die-OffsEcologyLine GraphResearchers studied whether periwinkle snail fronts expand mudflats and contribute to salt marsh die-offs.
Data PointMimicry in a Diverse Community of ArthropodsEvolutionBar GraphResearchers exposed arthropod mimics that use a golden patch to warn of unpalatability to predators with different prey preferences to determine how effective their warnings were.
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Maternal Microbiota Impacts Offspring Immune System
Cell BiologyLine GraphIn this study, scientists compared two populations of pregnant mice, one which was kept germ-free throughout pregnancy and the other which was exposed during pregnancy to a strain of E. coli to determine whether the immune systems of offspring begin to develop in utero.
Data PointNew Laetoli Footprints and Hominin Body SizeEvolutionScatter PlotScientists were excavating a site in Laetoli, Tanzania when they uncovered two new sets of hominin tracks located about 150 meters south of the tracks found by Mary Leakey in the 1970’s. They estimated the heights of the two individuals using the size and shape of the footprints.
Data PointMonkey Social Status and Immune ResponseAnimal BehaviorBar GraphScientists studied how the dominance ranking of female rhesus macaques living in social groups affected the expression of genes linked to immune response
Data PointPelvic Evolution in SticklebacksEvolutionGene MapScientists used SNP genotyping in populations of freshwater stickleback fish to determine the genetic mutations responsible for the impaired development of pelvises and spines.
Data PointSalt Stress Impacts Photosynthesis in AlgaeEcology Line GraphScientists investigated how salt affects the photosynthetic electron transport chain in freshwater green alga.
Data PointSerengeti Wildebeest Population RegulationEcologyLine GraphIn Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, scientists investigated how the eradication of rinderpest disease led to the wildebeest population boom.
Data PointWhite-Nose Syndrome in Bat PopulationsInfectious DiseaseScientists modeled the impact of an infectious fungal disease on a bat population.
Data PointTestosterone Levels in Elite AthletesPhysiologyScientists compared the testosterone levels of Olympic-level elite athletes.
Data PointBaboon Longevity Under AdversityEcologyScientists studied how adversity early in life impacts the long-term survival of baboons.
Data PointMate Choice in SpidersAnimal BehaviorScientists investigated how males choose their mates in a species of sexually cannibalistic spiders.
Data PointCougars and Trees in a Trophic CascadeEcologyIn Zion National Park, scientists studied the effects of tourism on cougars and cottonwood trees.
Data PointSodium Channel Evolution in Electric FishGeneticsScientists investigated how gene duplication contributed to the evolution of electric fish.