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Ecological forecasting: past, present, and future

How predictable is nature? This question is central to ecology, regardless of whether the goal is to comprehend nature from an empirical perspective, to seek a more general theoretical understanding, or to provide practical insight into the management of natural systems. In the first part of this talk (Past) I introduce the PalEON project and discuss how millennial-scale hindcasts of the Northern US are being used to reconstruct presettlement conditions and validate terrestrial ecosystem models.

Connections: the heart of student learning

Making connections and a sense of belonging to the university community enhances student learning. As a first generation college student and a veteran, I understand how important such connections can be.

Outreach before students enter the university can be instrumental in acquiring skills to be successful in college. Laboratories can be a fun and instructive means for outreach and teaching. The cockroach leg preparation lends itself to student learning from middle school through graduate education. I will discuss the modular design of this preparation.

ASPECT: a survey to assess student perspective of engagement in an active-learning classroom

Wiggins BL, Eddy SL, Wener-Fligner LS, Grunspan DE, Freisem K, Theobald EJ, Timbrook JP, Crowe AJ.  2017.  ASPECT: a survey to assess student perspective of engagement in an active-learning classroom. CBE-LSE. 16

Males Under-Estimate Academic Performance of Their Female Peers in Undergraduate Biology Classrooms

Grunspan DE, Eddy SL, Brownell SE, Wiggins B, Crowe AJ, Goudreau SM.  2016.  Males Under-Estimate Academic Performance of Their Female Peers in Undergraduate Biology Classrooms. PLOS ONE. DOI:10.1371

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