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Interactive Studies in Field Ecology

Virtual Research in the Classroom

Explore how ecologists conduct research in the field!

Virtual Research in the Classroom modules provide opportunities for students to experience real scientific research without the direct presence of a Science Posse fellow.

The associated web pages contain everything necessary to create a virtual field research experience for students to help them develop an understanding of the type of research a scientist does. The researcher provides information about the area and the subjects being studied. The researcher shares his or her research questions with the students, encouraging them to make  hypotheses about the answers to those questions. Using the researcher’s actual data students determine if their hypotheses are supported or refuted. When feasible, a link is provided so the students can ask the researcher follow up questions.

Students can use the researcher's methods as a model for their own scientific studies. The students experience a real-world example of how science is used and research conducted.

Background Information: What Is Ecology?

Module 1:

San Guillermo Thumbnail

Emiliano Donadio earned his PhD by studying the interactions between pumas (known here as cougars) and vicunas (who are cousins to the more familiar llama) in the mountains of Argentina.He provides his research questions and data here for students to analyze.
This module is most appropriate for middle school students.
*learn about San Guillermo National Park and it's inhabitants.
*investigate three research questions using videos and data from Emiliano's own research.


Wild Life Ecology in San Guillermo National Park, Argentina: the iBook. This module is now an iBook which can be downloaded from iTunesU to an iPad or iPhone and then viewed later without the need to access the Internet. Click on the photo to download the iBook.

Ecology iBook Cover

Coming Attractions:

Wild Life Ecology in San Guillermo National Park, Argentina: the iBook for Macs with the Mavericks operating system.

National Geographic is a supporter of Emiliano's research and one of his videos is on their site!

NGS Vicuna Birth

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