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The Aid Game is about giving charitable aid to developing countries. These countries may suffer the dual challenges of... see more

A simulation of Craig Reynolds ""boids"" which display flocking behavior.   See Scientific American article describing... see more

In this interactive, students explore, at their own pace, how global climate change may affect health issues. Issues... see more

This simulation/tutorial consists of three topics. In topic 1, students conduct a study of a zebra mussel population in a... see more

Diversity Metrics explores species diversity measures. Includes the species-area curve and the Shannon-Weaver index. Used... see more

Introductory ecology courses include discussions of community structure, species diversity, and succession. Appreciation... see more

This Java applet allows the user to explore models of popualtion growth. These models onclude the Verhulst,... see more

The Virtual Courseware Project produces interactive online simulations to help enhance the learning and teaching of... see more

In this interactive exploration, learn how water levels coming in and out of a lake determine and influence its elevation... see more

The AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science Atlas of Population and Environment is an important... see more

Yet another simulation of flocking behavior. A 3D version. Has a huge amount of resources on the page.

An interactive game, this web site allows visitors to restore a tallgrass or shortgrass prairie by selecting the... see more

Students conduct a study of a zebra mussel population in a fictitious lake and present their findings during a... see more

In this online activity, learners design a new giant panda habitat for Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. Learners must balance the... see more

Exploitation Ecosystems is an introduction to classical theory on 3-trophic level food chains, across a gradient of plant... see more

In this outdoor activity, learners use artificial bees and paper models of flowers to find out how bees transfer pollen... see more

Foodweb Kerplunk is a game about species relationships. Playing as a town councilmember in suburban California, you try... see more

Functional Response extends Predator/Prey (another Merlot learning tool) by adding Types I, II, and III functional... see more

GrassWorld is a three-level food chain which includes two species of plants, an herbivore (grasshopper) and a carnivore... see more

In this outdoor activity and game, learners explore how animals adapt for survival through coloration, markings and... see more

Competition explores Lotka-Volterra Competition models, using twin plots, one displaying isoclines, and the other a time... see more

Metapopulation Models are stochastic models of populations of populations (islands and mainland, with and without a... see more

Pictures and information about various microbes organized by habitats in a "virtual zoo". This is part of the "Digital... see more

The National Marine Sanctuary Program identifies, designates and manages areas of the marine environment of special... see more