This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled Investigating Interdisciplinary Interactions: The Annual BioQUEST Summer Workshop at Beloit College in June 2005. 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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javaFoodWeb: Bridging the gap between Excel and Niches
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Vince Streif
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Possible Audiences:

Ecology Students (either HS or Undergraduate)  


Brief Overview:

javaFoodWeb is a portable application that will take data from an Excel spreadsheet showing Predators (consumers) and the Prey (resources) which they depend upon and allow students to visualize the competition spaces (niches) that they define.  


Project Materials:

Computer with Java 1.4 or newer available installed.  


Resources and References:

To be added later  


Future Directions:

javaFoodWeb is still in original development and will be released (with source code) when it matures slightly.