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OCELOTS

Online Content for Experiential Learning of Tropical Systems

Online Modules

Please register on Gala to access these modules. If you are interested in creating an OCELOTS module that is based on your peer-reviewed research in tropical biology, please contact Ann Russell (arussell@iastate.edu). Gala supports content in many languages – your module does not have to be in English! Please note that OCELOTS has a friendly peer-review process, which starts with the author 'deploying' a draft of their module, thus enabling OCELOTS participants to post comments directly on the module. The module author then presents their module draft during a one-hour-long Zoom meeting – the Networkshop –  which allows time for discussion and suggestions for improving the module. This participatory process enables authors to improve their modules, and for participants to gain insights about module creation in a congenial, collaborative way intended to grow the community.  

Snspshot Serengeti Networkshop

 

  • A rainforest with a gold chain

    A rainforest with a gold chain

    Explore how the use of mercury in gold mining affects both aquatic and terrestrial food webs in this region known for its high biodiversity, and how this connects to the local health, economy and social systems.

  • Author Guidelines

    Author Guidelines

    These Author Guidelines are designed to assist module authors throughout this participatory process of creating a new OCELOTS module or adapting an existing one.

  • Functional trait-based restoration

    Functional trait-based restoration

    A hybrid restoration experiment in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, in an area of high biocultural conservation value, that address the ecological and philosophical issues involved in conducting restoration with a combination of native and introduced species. 

  • Restaurando bosques tropicales 3

    Restaurando Bosques Tropicales

    This case study of tropical forest restoration in Costa Rica (in Spanish) lets students interpret bar graphs, use R Shiny to visualize seed rain in different restoration treatments, and learn about social obstacles to restoration

  • Restoring tropical forests

    Restoring Tropical Forests

    This case study of tropical forest restoration in Costa Rica (in English) lets students interpret bar graphs, use R Shiny to visualize seed rain in different restoration treatments, and learn about social obstacles to restoration

  • Sounds of the Tropics - Part 1

    Sounds of the Tropics - Part 1

    This three-part series begins with understandings of recorded wildlife sounds, then shows how such auditory data can serve ecological and conservation studies

  • Wildlife Crossings in Costa Rica

    Wildlife Crossings in Costa Rica

    In this case study, students are introduced to the effect of roads and highways on native animals, and how roadkill mortality can negatively affect wildlife populations.