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Educator Guide, Science Bulletins

Highways Block Bighorn Sheep

This Science Bulletin, Highways Block Bighorn Sheep, is based on the scientific research of Clinton Epps. He was interested in understanding if highways built to connect Los Angeles and Las Vegas might affect bighorn sheep populations.


Bighorn Sheep Map Roads Populations

Educator Guide

Meet the Bighorn Sheep

This slideshow provides background information on the bighorn sheep and their habitat and breeding habits.


Boundaries Mason Dixon

Classroom Activity, Educator Guide

Boundaries and Isolation

This discussion explores the difference between natural and human-made boundaries and their effect on isolated populations.


Group of bighorn sheep

Educator Guide

Isolation and Mate Choice

This discussion explores how artificial boundaries can decrease mate choice, with a specific example of highways limiting mate choice for bighorn sheep.


Colored Popsicle Sticks

Classroom Activity

Using DNA to Detect Isolated Populations

Use popsicle sticks, M&Ms or other colored tokens to demonstrate how DNA can be used to determine whether populations are isolated from one another.




Charles II of Spain

Classroom Activity, Educator Guide

Inbreeding Case Studies Activity Part 2

This activity extends part 1 by reassigning students to new groups to present the case study completed in part 1, and then to complete the remaining case studies. 


Introducing the DNA Datasets main image

Classroom Activity, Educator Guide

Introducing the DNA Datasets

Use the DNA datasets to discuss the necessity of data manipulation and visualization.




Genetic Distance Values

Curriculum Collection

Extension: Genetic Distance Values

This optional extension for advanced students shows how Dr. Epps' genetic distance data and FST values are translated to the maps in the datasets.


Representing the Data on a Map main image

Classroom Activity, Educator Guide

Representing the Data on a Map

Students transfer their data, and their predictions of where the highways are, to a larger class size map.


Using Data to Make Claims main image

Classroom Activity, Educator Guide

Using Data to Make Claims

Students examine their data and think about what claims they can make.










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Classroom Activity

Bringing the Stories Together

How mundane or ordinary aspects of daily life can lead to environmental issues by disrupting ecological function, in this case harming populations by disrupting habitats.


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