BrunaLab.org is always looking for creative ways to include social media, wireless technology, or other technological advances in courses and our research projects. Below are some examples of our ongoing work.
Students in my graduate course in plant-animal interactions developed a smart phone application designed to teach undergraduate ecology students about plant diversity and plant-animal interactions. It is also a way for the general public to explore the remarkable biodiversity on the UF campus. It maps the locations on the UF campus of over 35 species native to the southeastern US, provides pictures of their fruits, flowers, and other key features, and provides information on the interactions of these trees with different species of animals. More on this app, including information on how to get access to the source code, is here.
Smartphone apps for Research, Teaching, and Outreach
My lab is putting together a list of smartphone apps that other researchers might find usesful for the research, teaching, and outreach programs. The list is here.
Wikis and social media in teaching and research
1) As part of a workshop on Scientific Publishing I conducted at the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia (Brazil), I had students take notes collaboratively using GoogleDocs then put together a Wiki summarizing course content. You can find it here here; please feel free to add to it. It’s in Portuguese, but feel free to add content in English.
2) Students from the Master’s In Sustainable Development Practice taking my class in my “Ecological Principles for Conservation and Development Professionals” developed this web site as a tool to communicate the importance of ecology to a broader audience: www.ecology4development.org
3) Undergraduates in my tropical ecology class write or edit wikipedia pages as part of their course writing assignments. You can see a list of the pages here.