UNDP Convention on Biological Diversity

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This handout provides a review of major biodiversity concerns identified at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Convention on Biological Diversity. It is intended to initiate a class discussion on what students can do to address biodiversity issues.

Invasive Species: The Cane Toad Crisis

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In this class activity, students will consider the impact of invasive species by examining the ecological and evolutionary interactions between Australia's cane toads and their predators and prey. This document serves as a student handout; an instructor guide is provided in an accompanying document.

Invasive Species: The Cane Toad Crisis

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In this class activity, students will consider the impact of invasive species by examining the ecological and evolutionary interactions between Australia’s cane toads and their predators and prey. This document serves as an instructor guide; student handouts are provided in an accompanying document.

Biodiversity of Pollinators

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Median pollen deposition per visit.

In this class activity, students will analyze data from an investigation of the relationship between bee diversity and pollen deposition in farms and natural areas. Students will learn about the effects of biodiversity in a given ecosystem, and will apply their understanding of statistical concepts (mean, median, standard error). This document includes student handouts; an instructor guide is provided in an accompanying document.

Biodiversity of Pollinators

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Cumulative estimated mean pollen deposition.

In this class activity, students will analyze data from an investigation of the relationship between bee diversity and pollen deposition in farms and natural areas. Students will learn about the effects of biodiversity in a given ecosystem, and will apply their understanding of statistical concepts (mean, median, standard error). This document serves as an instructor guide; student handouts are provided in accompanying documents.

The Birds and the Bees

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Blue orchard bee.

In this handout, students are introduced to a study by Claire Kremen, Neal M. Williams, and Robbin W. Thorp that explores the role of biodiversity in crop pollination—an essential ecosystem service that is threatened by the decline of natural pollinator species. Students engage with these concepts in depth through the accompanying activity on pollination.