Education and Teaching Resources

Lesson Plan: Species Distribution Modeling

Species Distribution Modeling of Yellowtail Rockfish 

The goal of this training material is to guide students through spatially predictive modeling using presence/absence data for yellowtail rockfish. In this lesson, students will build spatial reasoning and problem solving skills necessary to effectively apply species distribution modeling in a way that help inform marine management and spatial planning problems.

Target Participants: Coastal Managers; Fisheries Scientists; Graduate/Undergraduate/11-12th Grade; Students in Environmental/Marine Science or Geospatial Studies

Subjects: Spatial Modeling, Ocean Mapping, Geography

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Lesson Plan: Ocean Tipping Points - Mapping Coral Reef Change in Hawai‘i

 Mapping Human and Natural Drivers on Coral Reefs

This lesson plan will help practitioners and collaborators access, visualize, and analyze the new spatial data created by the Ocean Tipping Points project. GIS beginners and those seeking to quickly explore data and maps can focus on the first two modules. Advanced GIS users interested in analyzing spatial patterns of data can focus on the later modules. Students will build spatial reasoning and problem solving skills necessary to effectively translate science to policy. 

Target Participants: Coastal Managers; Coral Reef Scientists; Graduate/Undergraduate/11-12th Grade; Students in Environmental/ Marine Science or Geospatial Studies

Subjects: Coral Reefs, Ocean Mapping, Geography

 

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Lesson Plan: Managing Cumulative Effects

Managing a Mess of Cumulative Effects: Linking Science and Policy to Create Solutions

In this lesson, students manage cumulative effects in coastal marine ecosystems while learning to apply the scientific and policy principles necessary to make coastal management decisions.

Mach, M.E., Reiter, S.M., & Good, L. H. (2015). Managing a mess of cumulative effects: linking science and policy to create solutions. Current: The Journal of Marine Education, 29(2), 26-31.

Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade/ Undergraduate/ Graduate; students in environmental/ marine science or policy.
Subjects: Resource Management/ Cumulative Effects/ Ocean Literacy/ Marine Conservation

 
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Lesson Plan: Story Maps and Science Communication

Using Story Maps as an Effective Science Communication Tool

This training will integrate mapping and science communication to support the application of a spatial storytelling platform. This hands-on lab was developed to introduce students to the concept of creating effective story maps, why story maps are useful for communicating scientific information, and the challenges associated with creating story maps.

Grade Levels: Graduate/Undergraduate/11-12th Grade; students in environmental/ marine science or geospatial studies
Subjects: Web Mapping, Cartography, Scientific Communication

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Lesson Plan: Coastal Vulnerability Modeling

Coastal Vulnerability Modeling: Mapping the Coastal Protection Benefits Provided by the Natural Environment

In this lesson, students will learn the geospatial modeling workflow using the InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Environmental Services and Tradeoffs) by applying a Coastal Vulnerability Model to a case study area in Vancouver Island. Students will also build spatial reasoning and problem solving skills necessary to effectively translate science to policy using a GIS.

Graduate/Undergraduate/11-12th Grade; students in environmental/ marine science or geospatial studies
Subjects: Ecosystem service, Modeling, Environmental law and policy, Geography

 

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