Featured Investigative Workshops

Each year at the BioQUEST Summer Workshop we kick off with a series of three featured investigative workshops. These three hour sessions are designed to engage your scientist side with rich data and powerful tools. Each session will get you oriented and then set you loose to explore your own questions. After the whirlwind introduction to these three sets of materials you will have a chance to go back to your favorites and dig in for a quick group research project.


Workshop I –  Data Literacy through Modeling 

Leader: Gretchen Koch-Noble
Support People: Ethel

Abstract: Data literacy not only involves being able to analyze the data, but also to make predictions based on documented data.  Mathematical modeling allows scientists to make predictions and design experiments for further exploration.  This workshop will explore how to bring mathematical modeling into the classroom without requiring an extensive mathematics background.  Participants will work collaboratively to explore mathematical modeling just as their students will.  The BioQUEST ESTEEM Project will be featured.


Workshop II – DryadLab: Ecology and Evolution Curricula Linked to Archived Research Data
Leaders: Kristin Jenkins, Sam Donovan and Rob Swanson
Abstract: The Dryad Digital Repository is an archive for data underlying articles in the bioscience literature maintained in conjunction with the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). DryadLab is the educational face to Dryad, which will provide teacher and student resources for learning activities that are based on Dryad datasets. This workshop will introduce you to research resources associated with Galapagos finches, Tribolium competition, primate life history, extinction risks, and wood economics. All the modules were developed through collaborations between scientists and educators and are ready for feedback and beta-testing.


Workshop III – Using Geo-referenced Animal Observations for InquiryCornell Lab of Ornithology Logo


Colleen McLinn, Ph.D.
Extension Associate, Education Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Ileana Betancourt
B.S. Cornell ‘12 in Science of Natural and Environmental Systems
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Support People: Stacey, Sam, John
Abstract:  The movements, appearance, and behaviors of birds and other animals have long fascinated both scientists and amateur observers. Through structured “citizen science” projects, birdwatchers from around the globe are contributing their observations, and sometimes sound and video recordings, to massive worldwide databases. Advances in visualization and analysis tools and a commitment to open data sharing have made these large archives of data accessible to students and scientists interested in questions about climate change, migration, speciation, and sexual selection. When these data are geo-referenced, attributes of animals at a location can be related to features of the natural and built environment, opening additional opportunities for research and inquiry. In this session, we will focus on tools for in-depth analysis of animal sounds and occurrence data, as well as how to access relevant habitat information.