This month, the Society for Freshwater Science "Making Waves" podcast is releasing a four-part series on teaching in the freshwater sciences. In Episode 35, Cayelan Carey and I talk with Erin Larson about Macrosystems EDDIE, and using modules in undergraduate classes to learn modeling, "big data" skills, and macrosystems ecology. Check it out!
Last Friday, we did our first full-class run of the newest Macrosystems EDDIE module, Teleconnections, here at Virginia Tech! Students combined long-term data from GLEON and NEON lakes across the US with R software and whole-ecosystem models to explore how local to global factors can affect lake temperatures. Take-home message: lake responses to El Niño teleconnections depend on regional characteristics.
Learn more about the module by visiting our website: macrosystemseddie.org/module3
My latest paper, and the first paper of the Macrosystems EDDIE project, is out today in Ecology & Evolution ("Power, pitfalls, and potential for integrating computational literacy into undergraduate ecology courses"). Cayelan Carey and I used our experience developing and testing the first two Macrosystems EDDIE modules in classrooms across the country to show the promise of modular lessons to build undergraduate ecology students' confidence using computational tools that are quickly becoming an essential part of ecology research in the era of "big data"
This paper would not have been possible without our awesome team of volunteer faculty testers-- thank you to those who tested our modules and provided feedback!
If you would like to get involved with Macrosystems EDDIE, please check out our website (www.MacrosystemsEDDIE.org) and get in touch with any questions!
I'm excited that the 1st Macrosystems EDDIE module is now being tested in classrooms around the country! This past Saturday, I led students from the Virginia Tech Freshwater Ecology course as they simulated how different climate scenarios would affect lake thermal structure. We had lots of creative scenarios (and some scary ones!) and I'm excited to see what students in other courses come up with.
If you're interested in using this module in your classroom or lab, please check out our teaching materials! https://serc.carleton.edu/eddie/macrosystems/module1.html
I'm back in Athens after spending the past month teaching ecology as part of a summer semester on wheels with the UGA Interdisciplinary Field Program. I had a great time teaching about a wide range of ecological topics as we drove from Sapelo Island, GA west to Las Vegas.
Here, a quick stop at the Mississippi River overlook on the Mississippi/Louisiana border was a chance for a lesson about floodplain ecology, land use and nutrient management, and the ecosystem impacts of levees, dams, and locks.
Look for #ugaifp on Instagram and Facebook to follow along as their adventure continues!
I am honored to have been chosen as a recipient of both a University of Georgia Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award and the Odum School of Ecology Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2016.
Looking forward to another great semester of Freshwater Ecosystems in Fall 2016!