Educational Web Sites.
**Sites with online journals.
- Advances in Physiology Education
** Online journal with articles describing laboratory exercises.
Currently not much in the way of evolution labs, but might be worth a
look for creative approaches to studying physiology in college
- Biology Education Online
(BEoN) - Peer reviewed journal for biology
exercises for K-16 by AccessExcellence
folks. New in November 2002. Has a few
lab exercises up at this point, with more still under review.
(BEN) - AAAS maintained education
site. Free to registered users. It has a
lot of "non-journal articles" written for teaching purposes -
explaining key concepts in a pedagogically friendly manner. There are
also some laboratory exercises in its collection.
- Cell Biology Education - **Online
journal that includes peer-reviewed laboratory exercises, broadly in
cell biology - but many have evolutionary applications.
- EcoEdNet :
Educational site of the Ecological Society of America. Contains links to
laboratory and field exercises in ecology. Free to registered users.
- EvoNet :
Large evolution resource site for academics and educators. List of links
to a variety of resources, including laboratory exercises. Not updated
recently and email for site administrator is non-functional.
- FIRST II . "FIRST II is a
national dissemination network that provides long-term professional
development for life science faculty in teaching and learning."
Links to various field stations around the country that are offering
faculty development courses in creating field exercises for students.
Exercises in Animal Behavior . R. Brooks and K. Yasukawa
. Short lab/field exercises in animal behavior / behavioral ecology.
Sponsored by the Animal Behavior Society. Designed for high school
students, but could easily be modified
for use in undergraduate classes.
- National Association of Biology Teachers
(NABT). Educational association promoting the teaching of biology from
K-16. Publishes the American Biology Teacher. ABT regularly
includes how-to laboratory exercises suitable for college students.
Website includes some downloadable samples from the journal, but to
access laboratory exercises, it is necessary to look at a hard copy of
- The Plant Health
Instructor - ** Online, peer-reviewed journal for educational
exercises in plant pathology. Some exercises have systematics
/ phylogenetics applications.
- Resonance -
Journal of Science Education - **
Online journal from India
(English language). Mostly informational articles aimed at students and
teachers. Has some useful articles on evolutionary
biology, especially biographical sketches on major figures in evolution.
Evolutionary Biology - J. Brown (Grinnell
College). List of courses and
resources for teaching evolutionary biology - including laboratory
exercises. Last updated 1999, according to website.
Models / Computer Simulations
- SimBiotic Software. From the same source as EcoBeaker
. EvoBeaker is currently in development, but
promises to have a dozen evolution labs when completed. "The
prototype has two laboratories, one on evolution of guppy color through
different types of selection (a microevolution lab), the
other on reconstructing phylogenetic trees of
domesticated dogs (a macroevolution lab)." It is currently
available for download to Windows machines at academic institutions. EcoBeaker is a fee-based program.
- Evoprograms : Evolutionary programs for Mac
computers. Haven Wiley (University
of North Carolina).
Freeware. Includes two programs that model group selection and
Software : Keith Goodknight (Southern Methodist
for population genetic and relatedness calculations, and education in
evolution and behavioral ecology." Mostly MacIntosh,
with some Windows programs.
Biology Simulations . Kent Holsinger (Univerisity of Connecticut).
A large set of population genetics JAVA applets that Holsinger
uses in teaching. Wahlund effect, ABO blood
groups, natural selection, genetic drift, etc.
Simulations of population biology. Don Alstad
(University of Minnesota).
Freeware. Simulations of population biology and evolutionary ecology.
Laboratory manual to accompany program now available for purchase. Alstad, D.N. 2001. Basic Populus
Models of Ecology. Prentice-Hall, Inc. Upper Saddle River, NJ
Other Online Interactive Exercises / Tutorials
- Genetic Origins
. Cold Spring
Harbor Labs -"This site
provides biochemical methods and computer tools to allow students to use
their own DNA "fingerprints" as a starting point in the study
of human evolution. Two experiments are currently available, which are
supported by reagents and ready-to-use kits available from Carolina Biological
- Biology Labs Online
-Commercial site with several lab model exercises with evolutionary
applications. (Suggested labs include: "Evolution Lab" -
models Darwin's Finches,
"Pop Eco Lab" - predator/prey interactions, and "Pop
Genetics Lab"). For review of using these labs in classroom,
by Judith T. Parmelee, Manchester
Community College. If you're
interested in using the labs, you can sign up for a trial period at no
(Howard Hughes Medical Institute) -Interactive online labs / exercises for
students (mostly secondary school audience). Check out the
"Evolution of the Y chromosome".
and Ecology (J. Brown, Grinnell
College). Course website -
several clearly written laboratory exercises in ecology and evolution
and Game Theory - (Kenneth N. Prestwich -
College of the Holy Cross). Guided simulation / exercises for students
learning about evolutionary game theory. Includes discussion questions
for students after they have run the exercises.
and Evolution Tutorial - online tutorial explaining some basic
principles of evolution. Good resource for introductory level college
classes if students are having trouble with basics in genetics and
- The Biology Project - University
of Arizona. More online
tutorials in several areas of biology. Mendelian
genetics tutorial is probably most relevant, but also check out
"Human Biology" which has some activities to reconstruct human
pedigrees. There are no "activities" listed for the genetics
area at this time, but other biology topics have some interesting
web-based interactivities, so exercises for genetics/evolution might be
added in the future.
- Principles of Animal
Behavior - University of Arizona.
Interactive tutorials about basic principles in animal behavior (strong
behavioral ecology component). Sexual selection models, territorial
displays, interspecific mutualisms, etc.
consortium for active teaching (GCAT) -Goals as stated on home page:
"1) Bring Functional Genomic Methods into Undergraduate Curriculum
Primarily Through Student Research - 2) Use Centralized Chip Reader to
Make Microarray Experiments Affordable - 3)
Create a Clearing House of Information for Teachers to Use when Teaching
Genomics - 4) Create Large Database of Raw Data and Analyzed Results for
Pedagogical Use - 5) Develop a Global Network of Teachers Using Functional
Genomics in the Undergraduate Curriculum"
Pages of Links
- Websites for Biology
. (The Commission on Biology Education). Education focused biology links.
Links to general science education websites as well as a list of book
resources for teaching biology.
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