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1 September 2017 Salamander Antipredator Defenses: A Field Exercise to Engage Students in Ecosystem Dynamics
Sandra J. Connelly, Katelyn Meier, Madeline Becker
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The addition of field experimentation to the theory of behavioral biology and ecosystem science creates a significant critical thinking link for students at all levels. First-hand observations of the responses of salamanders in the field permit students to see how organisms behave in their natural habitat. This exercise introduces students to the study of animal behavior, specifically the antipredator responses of salamanders. The students form hypotheses regarding the behavior of salamanders in their natural environment and then record responses of individual salamanders, compile data, interpret data, and draw conclusions about the behavior of salamanders in response to natural stressors.

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Sandra J. Connelly, Katelyn Meier, and Madeline Becker "Salamander Antipredator Defenses: A Field Exercise to Engage Students in Ecosystem Dynamics," The American Biology Teacher 79(7), 564-570, (1 September 2017). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2017.79.7.564
Published: 1 September 2017
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