Collecting Population Data: "What Lives in the Wetland?"


Resource ID#: 119792 Primary Type: Perspectives Video: Teaching Idea

General Information

Subject(s): Science
Grade Level(s): 2, 7
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Keywords: data, collection, citizen science, sampling, wetland, amphibian, statistics, Remote Footprints, Coastal Plains Institute
Instructional Component Type(s): Perspectives Video: Teaching Idea

Aligned Standards

This vetted resource aligns to concepts or skills in these benchmarks.

Related Videos

Sampling Bird Populations to Track Environmental Restoration

Sometimes scientists conduct a census, too! Learn how population sampling can help monitor the progress of an ecological restoration project.

Quadrat Sampling M&M Lesson

This teacher explains how a 3D-printed quadrat can be used with an M&M sampling lesson to engage students when they explore how to use data from a random sample to draw inferences about a population.

Random Sampling to Estimate Wildlife Populations

Dr. Bill McShea from the Smithsonian Institution discusses sampling and inference in the study of wildlife populations.

This video was created in collaboration with the Okaloosa County SCIENCE Partnership, including the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard University.

MicroGravity Sensors & Statistics

Statistical analysis played an essential role in using microgravity sensors to determine location of caves in Wakulla County.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Mathematically Exploring the Wakulla Caves

The tide is high!  How can we statistically prove there is a relationship between the tides on the Gulf Coast and in a fresh water spring 20 miles from each other?

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Making Inferences about Wetland Population Sizes

This ecologist from the Coastal Plains Institute discusses sampling techniques that are used to gather data to make statistical inferences about amphibian populations in the wetlands of the Apalachicola National Forest.

Tow Net Sampling to Monitor Phytoplankton Populations

How do scientists collect information from the world? They sample it! Learn how scientists take samples of phytoplankton not only to monitor their populations, but also to make inferences about the rest of the ecosystem!

Using Statistics to Estimate Lionfish Population Size

It's impossible to count every animal in a park, but with statistics and some engineering, biologists can come up with a good estimate.

Sample Size and Shark Research

Deep sea shark researcher, Chip Cotton, discusses the need for a Power Analysis to determine the critical sample size in order to make inferences on how oil spills affect shark populations.

Assessment of Antarctic Ice Sheet Movement Rate by Sediment Core Sampling

Eugene Domack, a geological oceanographer, describes how sediment cores are collected and used to estimate rates of ice sheet movement in Antarctica. Video funded by NSF grant #: OCE-1502753.

Mathematically Modeling Hurricanes

Entrepreneur and meteorologist Mark Powell discusses the need for statistics in his mathematical modeling program to help better understand hurricanes.

Fishery Independent vs Dependent Sampling Methods for Fishery Management

NOAA Scientist Doug Devries discusses the differences between fishery independent surveys and fishery independent surveys.  Discussion includes trap sampling as well as camera sampling. Using graphs to show changes in population of red snapper.

Camera versus Trap Sampling: Improving how NOAA Samples Fish

Underwater sampling with cameras has made fishery management more accurate for NOAA scientists.

Statistical Sampling Results in setting Legal Catch Rate 

Fish Ecologist, Dean Grubbs, discusses how using statistical sampling can help determine legal catch rates for fish that may be endangered.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Nestle Waters & Statistical Analysis

Hydrogeologist from Nestle Waters discusses the importance of statistical tests in monitoring sustainability and in maintaining consistent water quality in bottled water.

Pitfall Trap Classroom Activity

Patrick Milligan shares a teaching idea for collecting insect samples.

Field Sampling with the Point-centered Quarter Method

In this video, Jim Cox describes a sampling method for estimating the density of dead trees in a forest ecosystem.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Related Resources

Other vetted resources related to this resource.