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Current June 16, 2005


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behavioral / evolutionary ecology - population genetics - phylogenetics - selection

Behavioral Ecology / Evolutionary Ecology

Allen, J.A. and Cooper, J.M. 1994.  Aposematic coloration. Journal of Biological Education . 28: 23-6. PDF

Calver, M.C., et. al. 1998 A non-destructive laboratory exercise for teaching some principles of predation. Journal of Biological Education . 33:45-8.

Darling, R.A. 2000. Habitat quality and the distribution of fish: Are fish "Ideal Free". Bioscene. 26 (1): 27-30. PDF

Glase, J.C. and Zimmerman, M. 1993. Population ecology: Experiments with protistans. Experiments to teach ecology , vol 1. Beiswenger, J.M. (ed). ESA publication. PDF.

Haarstad, J. A. 1988. Resource partitioning in potentially competing insect taxa. Pages 187-192, in Tested studies for laboratory teaching, Volume 9.  (R. W. Peifer, Editor). Proceedings of the 9th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document

Jennings, V., et. al., 2000. Ecology & evolution of wall-dwelling organisms. American Biology Teacher. 62: 429-35.

La Ferla, B. Bee-flower interactions: a field test of an optimal foraging hypothesis. Journal of Biological Education.  34: 14-51.

Ryan, M.R. 2002. Optimal foraging behavior: Group vs solitary foraging under different food distribution patterns. Wilson Ornithological Society Workshop. 4pp. PDF

Smith, C. 1993. Foraging and flocking behavior. Experiments to teach ecology, vol 1. Beiswenger, J.M. (ed). ESA publication. PDF .

Sorensen, R.E. 1996.  Life-History Schedules in Daphnia magna: An Ecological Activity for Multiple Laboratory Sessions. Proceedings of the 16th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to PDF .

Williams, E. 1991. Mimicry. Experiments to Teach Ecology. Ecological Society of America Workshop. 20pp. PDF

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Population Genetics

Bader, J.M. 1998. Measuring Genetic Variability in Natural Populations by Allozyme Electrophoresis. Pages 25-42, in Tested studies for laboratory teaching, Volume 19.  (S. J. Karcher, Editor). Proceedings of the 19th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document

Clendening, B. 2002. An advanced molecular techniques laboratory course using Drosophila melanogaster. Biosc ene. 28: 3-19. PDF.

Eckert, C. G. 1994. Inbreeding depression and the evolutionary advantage of outbreeding. Pages 215-238, in Tested studies for laboaratory teaching, Volume 15 (C. A. Goldman, Editor). Proceedings of the 15th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document .

Goldman, C.A. Measuring Genetic Variation in Zebra Mussels Using Cellulose Acetate Electrophoresis. ABLE mini-workshop. Presented at the 20th Annual Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), June 9-13, 1998, Florida State University, Tallahassee. Link to document .

Kliman, R.M. 2001. A project-based approach to teaching complex population genetics to undergraduates. Bioscene. 27(4): 13-20. PDF

Leonard, C. and Nolan, K.A. 2000. Making conservation genetics come alive for students. Bioscene. 26 (2):19-24. PDF

Mordacq, J.C. and Ellington, R.W.  1998.  Bacterial gene transfer. Pages 1-24, in Tested studies for laboratory teaching, Volume 19.  (S. J. Karcher, Editor). Proceedings of the 19th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document .

Motten, A.F. 1995. Reproductive isolation in angiosperms. Proceedings of the 16th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to PDF .

Winterer, J. 2001. A lab exercise explaining Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and evolution effectively. American Biology Teacher 63:678-687 .

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Phylogenetics

Berkelhamer R. C.  1998.  Variability and selection in natural populations of wood lice. Pages 245-254, in Tested studies for laboratory teaching, Volume 19.  (S. J. Karcher, Editor). Proceedings of the 19th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document .

Brewer, S. 1996. A problem-solving approach to the teaching of evolution. Bioscene. 22 (2) 11-17. PDF

Cordella, S. G. 2002. Testing evolutionary hypotheses in the classroom with MacClade software.   Journal of Biological Education. 36: 94-98. PDF

Gendron, R.P. 2000. The classification & evolution of Caminalcules: teaching evolution using imaginary organisms. 62: 570-6.

Maier, C.A. 2001. Building phylogenetic trees from DNA sequence data: investigating polar bear & giant panda ancestry. American Biology Teacher . 63:624-6.

Moss, R. 1999. The molecular evidence for evolution. Journal of College Science Teaching . 2:111-3. PDF

Ogram, A. 1998. Teaching Soil Bacterial Diversity from a Phylogenetic Perspective: A Term Project Utilizing the Ribosomal Database Project. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education (JNRLSE). 27: 93-96. PDF

*Note: url for Ribosomal Database Project is now : http://rdp.cme.msu.edu/html/index.html  (as of 4/28/2003)

Pierson, L.S., III. 2000. Bacterial Signaling: Identification of N-Acyl-Homoserine Lactone-Producing Bacteria. The Plant Health Instructor. DOI:10.1094/PHI-A-2000-1214-01. Link to Document

Platt, J.E. 1999. Putting together fossil collections for "hands-on" evolution laboratories. American Biology Teacher. 61 : 275-81.

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Selection

Burtt, E.H. 2002. Natural and sexual variation. Wilson Ornithological Society Workshop. 12pp. PDF

Goodyear N. L.  1998.  Factors affecting the spread of disease in human populations. Pages 255-270, in Tested studies for laboratory teaching, Volume 19.  (S. J. Karcher, Editor). Proceedings of the 19th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document .

Haddix, P.L. Paulsen, E.T. and Werner, T.F. 2000. Measurement of mutation to antibiotic resistance: Ampicillin resistance in Serratia marcescens . Bioscene. 26 (1):17-21. PDF

Hagen, J.B. 1993. Kettlewell and the peppered moths reconsidered. Bioscene. 19 (3): 3-9. PDF

Hilbish, T.J., et. al.,1994. A simple demonstration of natural selection in the wild using the common dandelion. American Biology Teacher . 56:86-90.

Lauer. T.E. 2000. JellyBelly Jelly beans & evolutionary principles in the classroom: appealing to the students' stomachs. American Biology Teacher. 62: 42-45. Link to document .

Omoto, C.K. and Malm, K. 2003. Assessing antibiotic resistance of staphyloccocus: Students use their own microbial flora to explore antibiotic resistance. American Biology Teacher . 65:133-135.

Rudge, D.W. 2000. Does being wrong make Kettlewell wrong for science teaching?. Journal of Biological Education . 35: 5-11. PDF

Salata, M. 2002. Evolution lab with Drosophila. Bioscene. 28 (2): 3-6. PDF

Schlessman, M.A. Investigating evolution with living plants. American Biology Teacher . 59 : 472-9.

Silverman, J. 1997. Studying the genetics of behavior & evolution by adaptation & natural selection. American Biology Teacher . 60 : 356-8.

Welden, C.W. and Hossler, R.A. 2003. Evolution in the lab: Biocide resistance in E.coli . American Biology Teacher . 65:56-61.

Wright, P.J. and Bonser,  R.1999. An investigation into induced plant defences. Journal of Biological Education 33: 217-19.

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Alphabetical by author

Allen, J.A., et. al. 1994.  Aposematic coloration. Journal of Biological Education . 28: 23-6. PDF

Bader, J.M. 1998. Measuring Genetic Variability in Natural Populations by Allozyme Electrophoresis. Pages 25-42, in Tested studies for laboratory teaching, Volume 19.  (S. J. Karcher, Editor). Proceedings of the 19th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document

Berkelhamer R. C.  1998.  Variability and selection in natural populations of wood lice. Pages 245-254, in Tested studies for laboratory teaching, Volume 19.  (S. J. Karcher, Editor). Proceedings of the 19th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document .

Brewer, S. 1996. A problem-solving approach to the teaching of evolution. Bioscene. 22 (2) 11-17. PDF

Burtt, E.H. 2002. Natural and sexual variation. Wilson Ornithological Society Workshop. 12pp. PDF

Calver, M.C., et. al. 1998 A non-destructive laboratory exercise for teaching some principles of predation. Journal of Biological Education . 33:45-8.

Clendening, B. 2002. An advanced molecular techniques laboratory course using Drosophila melanogaster. Bioscene. 28: 3-19. PDF.

Cordella, S. G. 2002. Testing evolutionary hypotheses in the classroom with MacClade software.  Journal of Biological Education . 36: 94-98. PDF

Darling, R.A. 2000. Habitat quality and the distribution of fish: Are fish "Ideal Free". Bioscene. 26 (1): 27-30. PDF

Eckert, C. G. 1994. Inbreeding depression and the evolutionary advantage of outbreeding. Pages 215-238, in Tested studies for laboaratory teaching, Volume 15 (C. A. Goldman, Editor). Proceedings of the 15th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document .

Glase, J.C. and Zimmerman, M. 1993. Population ecology: Experiments with protistans. Experiments to teach ecology , vol 1. Beiswenger, J.M. (ed). ESA publication. PDF.

Goldman, C.A. Measuring Genetic Variation in Zebra Mussels Using Cellulose Acetate Electrophoresis. ABLE mini-workshop. Presented at the 20th Annual Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), June 9-13, 1998, Florida State University, Tallahassee. Link to document .

Goodyear N. L.  1998.  Factors affecting the spread of disease in human populations. Pages 255-270, in Tested studies for laboratory teaching, Volume 19.  (S. J. Karcher, Editor). Proceedings of the 19th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document .

Haarstad, J. A. 1988. Resource partitioning in potentially competing insect taxa. Pages 187-192, in Tested studies for laboratory teaching, Volume 9.  (R. W. Peifer, Editor). Proceedings of the 9th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document

Haddix, P.L. Paulsen, E.T. and Werner, T.F. 2000. Measurement of mutation to antibiotic resistance: Ampicillin resistance in Serratia marcescens . Bioscene. 26 (1):17-21. PDF

Hagen, J.B. 1993. Kettlewell and the peppered moths reconsidered. Bioscene. 19 (3): 3-9. PDF

Hilbish, T.J., et. al.,1994. A simple demonstration of natural selection in the wild using the common dandelion. American Biology Teacher. 56:86-90.

Jennings, V., et. al. 2000.  Ecology & evolution of wall-dwelling organisms. American Biology Teacher. 62: 429-35.

Kliman, R.M. 2001. A project-based approach to teaching complex population genetics to undergraduates. Bioscene. 27(4): 13-20. PDF

La Ferla, B. 2000. Bee-flower interactions: a field test of an optimal foraging hypothesis. Journal of Biological Education.  34: 147-51.

Leonard, C. and Nolan, K.A. 2000. Making conservation genetics come alive for students. Bioscene. 26 (2):19-24. PDF

Maier, C.A. 2001. Building phylogenetic trees from DNA sequence data: investigating polar bear & giant panda ancestry. American Biology Teacher . 63:624-6.

Mordacq, J.C. and Ellington, R.W.  1998.  Bacterial gene transfer. Pages 1-24, in Tested studies for laboratory teaching, Volume 19.  (S. J. Karcher, Editor). Proceedings of the 19th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document .

Moss, R. 1999. The molecular evidence for evolution. Journal of College Science Teaching . 2:111-3. PDF

Motten, A.F. 1995. Reproductive isolation in angiosperms. Proceedings of the 16th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to PDF .

Ogram, A. 1998. Teaching Soil Bacterial Diversity from a Phylogenetic Perspective: A Term Project Utilizing the Ribosomal Database Project. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education (JNRLSE). 27: 93-96. PDF

**Note: url for Ribosomal Database Project is now : http://rdp.cme.msu.edu/html/index.html  (as of 4/28/2003).

Omoto, C.K. and Malm, K. 2003. Assessing antibiotic resistance of staphyloccocus: Students use their own microbial flora to explore antibiotic resistance. American Biology Teacher . 65:133-135.

Pierson, L.S., III. 2000. Bacterial Signaling: Identification of N-Acyl-Homoserine Lactone-Producing Bacteria. The Plant Health Instructor . DOI:10.1094/PHI-A-2000-1214-01. Link to Document

Platt, J.E. 1999. Putting together fossil collections for "hands-on" evolution laboratories. American Biology Teacher . 61 : 275-81.

Rudge, D.W. 2000. Does being wrong make Kettlewell wrong for science teaching?. Journal of Biological Education . 35: 5-11. PDF

Ryan, M.R. 2002. Optimal foraging behavior: Group vs solitary foraging under different food distribution patterns. Wilson Ornithological Society Workshop. 4pp. PDF

Salata, M. 2002. Evolution lab with Drosophila. Bioscene. 28 (2): 3-6. PDF

Schlessman, M.A. Investigating evolution with living plants. American Biology Teacher . 59 : 472-9.

Silverman, J. 1997. Studying the genetics of behavior & evolution by adaptation & natural selection. American Biology Teacher . 60 : 356-8.

Smith, C. 1993. Foraging and flocking behavior. Experiments to teach ecology, vol 1. Beiswenger, J.M. (ed). ESA publication. PDF.

Sorensen, R.E. 1996.  Life-History Schedules in Daphnia magna: An Ecological Activity for Multiple Laboratory Sessions. Proceedings of the 16th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to PDF .

Welden, C.W. and Hossler, R.A. 2003. Evolution in the lab: Biocide resistance in E.coli . American Biology Teacher . 65:56-61.

Williams, E. 1991. Mimicry. Experiments to Teach Ecology. Ecological Society of America Workshop. PDF

Winterer, J. 2001. A lab exercise explaining Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and evolution effectively. American Biology Teacher 63:678-687 .

Wright, P.J. and Bonser,  R.1999. An investigation into induced plant defences. Journal of Biological Education 33: 217-19.


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Published  Laboratory Manuals ** Note on Reviews

Alstad, D.N. 2001. Basic Populus Models of Ecology . Prentice-Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ. ( REVIEW )

Chaplin, S. and Faaborg, J. 1988. Laboratory Manual and Field Exercises. Ornithology: an ecological approach . Englewood Cliffs, NJ:  Prentice Hall

Freeman, C. Miglia, K. and Wang, H. 1996. Laboratory Exercises for General Ecology and Evolution . Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. (QH 541.25.F74 1996). ( REVIEW )

** I was able to get this book through inter-library loan, but it came all the way from Hong Kong, so existing copies seem to be limited.

Hansell, M. and Aitken, J.J. 1977. Experimental Animal Behaviour. A selection of laboratory exercises . London: Blackie & Son.

Harding, D. 1992. Ecology Projects: Ideas and Practicals from the Journal of Biological Education. London: Institute of Biology.  

** I was unable to locate this through the university's inter-library loan program; however, it is available for purchase directly from the publisher (Institute of Biology).

Kaska, D.D. 1993. Introductory Genetics, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory Manual. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. (Out of print).

McComas, W.F. (ed). 1994. Investigating Evolutionary Biology in the Laboratory. Lancaster, PA: Lancaster Press.
(REVIEW )

Ploger, B.J. and Yasukawa, K. (eds).  2003. Exploring animal behavior in laboratory and field: an hypothesis-testing approach to the development, causation, function, and evolution of animal behavior .  San Diego: Academic Press.
(QL 751 .E97 2003).  (REVIEW )

Staub, J.E., Braunschweig, K. (Designer), Rinehart, C. (Designer). 1994. Crossover : concepts and applications in genetics, evolution, and breeding : an interactive computer-based laboratory manual . Madison, WI : University of Wisconsin Press.


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