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Earth's Earliest Ecosystems in the Classroom: The Use of Microbial Mats to Teach General Principles in Microbial Ecology, and Scientific Inquiry
Author and Affiliation:
Beboutl, Brad M.(NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States);
Bucaria, Robin(Dartmouth Middle School, United States)
Abstract: Microbial mats are living examples of the most ancient biological communities on earth, and may also be useful models for the search for life elsewhere. They are centrally important to Astrobiology. In this lecture, we will present an introduction to microbial mats, as well as an introduction to our web-based educational module on the subject of microbial ecology, featuring living mats maintained in a mini "Web Lab" complete with remotely-operable instrumentation. We have partnered with a number of outreach specialists in order to produce an informative and educational web-based presentation, aspects of which will be exported to museum exhibits reaching a wide audience. On our web site, we will conduct regularly scheduled experimental manipulations, linking the experiments to our research activities, and demonstrating fundamental principles of scientific research.
Publication Date: Aug 09, 2004
Document ID:
20050157899
(Acquired Apr 13, 2005)
Subject Category: EXOBIOLOGY
Document Type: Preprint
Meeting Information: Living in the Microbial World; 15-21 Aug. 2004; Woods Hole, MA; United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: WBS 344-58-21-01
Financial Sponsor: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Organization Source: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: ECOLOGY; ECOSYSTEMS; EDUCATION; EXOBIOLOGY; LECTURES; MICROBIOLOGY; MICROORGANISMS; MUSEUMS; WEBSITES
Availability Source: Other Sources
Availability Notes: Abstract Only
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