This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled Numbers Count Workshop at Agnes Scott College in January 2009. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

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Tree Species Presence and Percent Composition, Central Park, NYC 1857-1982
Authors          Audiences          Overview           Materials          Resources           Future Directions




Possible Audiences:

Botany Forestry Quantitative Data  


Brief Overview:

Data of (1) tree species presence for Central Park, New York City for 7 seven years in the time span 1857 to 1982; and (2) percentage density for 1936 and 1982  


Project Materials:

An Excel spreadsheet (.xlsx format) taken from published research (see ref below)  


Resources and References:

Data is described and published in Loeb, R. 1993. Long-term arboreal change in a landscaped forest, Central Park, New York. Journal of Arboriculture 19:4:238-249. Although the data is published, the copyright for the data and the article is held by Robert Loeb.  


Future Directions:

Comparison of changes in species composition to other parks to see if pollution sensitivity, alien or native, percentage composition of forest (only for 1936 and 1982).