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Compare the observations made by different groups using the same tools.
Florida Standards Connections: LAFS.2.SL.1.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in groups.
MAFS.K12.MP.5: Use appropriate tools strategically.
Want an unforgettable field trip led by a real scientist where your students get hands-on experience with collecting population data? Consider the "What Lives in the Wetland?" educational program from Remote Footprints.
Sometimes scientists conduct a census, too! Learn how population sampling can help monitor the progress of an ecological restoration project.
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.
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.
Statistical analysis played an essential role in using microgravity sensors to determine location of caves in Wakulla County.
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?
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.
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!
It's impossible to count every animal in a park, but with statistics and some engineering, biologists can come up with a good estimate.
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.
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.
Entrepreneur and meteorologist Mark Powell discusses the need for statistics in his mathematical modeling program to help better understand hurricanes.
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.
Underwater sampling with cameras has made fishery management more accurate for NOAA scientists.
Fish Ecologist, Dean Grubbs, discusses how using statistical sampling can help determine legal catch rates for fish that may be endangered.
Hydrogeologist from Nestle Waters discusses the importance of statistical tests in monitoring sustainability and in maintaining consistent water quality in bottled water.
Patrick Milligan shares a teaching idea for collecting insect samples.
In this video, Jim Cox describes a sampling method for estimating the density of dead trees in a forest ecosystem.
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