Teaching Biodiversity on Earth Day (or Any Day)
In celebration of Earth Day, we’re offering up 4 open-access, peer-reviewed resources from the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) to help infuse biodiversity-related content into your K-12 or undergraduate classroom and lab.
Hormones and Antibiotics in Nature: A Laboratory Module Designed To Broaden Undergraduate Perspectives on Typically Human-Centered Topics
A discovery-based research module shifted students’ thinking about hormones and antibiotics from primarily human-based concepts to the broader environment, such as hormones in fungi and antibiotics in soil.
A low-cost, digital species-recognition program helped students learn to identify fish species better than studying preserved specimens did.
Printed Identification Key or Web-Based Identification Guide: An Effective Tool for Species Identification?
Undergraduate students preferred an online dichotomous key to a printed key for identifying slime molds, although they found the printed key to be more accurate.
For K-12, undergraduates, and other students:
An overview of a wide-range of citizen science projects that learners of various levels can participate in, including wildlife and microbial monitoring.