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Bison Ecology & Management:

An interdisciplinary module for use in undergraduate science education

 
Authors: Susan Alexander, Fred Watson, Wendi Newman, Jon Detka
Published: Feb 2006; Last revision: 22-Feb-06
Level: 300-level college
Contact hours: 10 to 20
 

Module Table of Contents

This undergraduate case study is divided into multiple parts, each with their own set of detailed instructions. Note that each section can be expanded or contracted to fit the instructor’s timeline:
  1. Introduction and Overview Materials (approx 2-6 hours)
    1. Related Website Links -Yellowstone National Park (YNP)
    2. Films (e.g. “The Living Edens”, “American Buffalo: Spirit of a Nation”)
    3. Scientific papers (e.g. critique)
    4. Climate Diagrams
  2. Research Project (approx 6-10 hours)
    1. Population Dynamics (Excel based activity using historical bison population data – approx 2 hours)
      1. How has bison population size changed over the past century?
      2. What factors have influenced changes in population size over the past century (natural and human)
    2. Spatial Dynamics (Web GIS activity intergrating field data, computer modeling data, and remote sensing data – approx 2-4 hours)
      1. What changes in bison distribution have occurred during the past century?
      2. What changes have influenced changes in bison distribution during the past century?
    3. Habitat Dynamics (Web GIS activity intergrating field data, computer modeling data, and remote sensing data – approx 2-4 hours)
      1. What type of habitat do bison select as their preferred place to live?
      2. What type of habitat facilitates bison movement
  3. Conclusions (2-6 hours)
    1. Student Papers
    2. Student Presentations
    3. Group Discussion

 

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