Teachers Do the Math: Predator-Prey Modeling in Soils

NIMBioS Education and Outreach Coordinator Kelly Moran (center) leads a Soil Biology Workshop for biology and environmental science teachers.

NIMBioS introduced teachers to simple predator-prey models and their importance to the field of soil ecology at a Soil Biology Workshop hosted by the University of Tennessee’s Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Department. Seven middle and high school biology and environmental science teachers from throughout the region, including Kentucky and North Carolina, attended. NIMBioS Education and Outreach Coordinator Kelly Moran led participants through an activity calculating predator-prey dynamics using a discrete set of modeling equations. Then, teachers tried out Netlogo, modeling software available free on the web.

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