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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 InquiryMicrobial 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.
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Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Beboutl, Brad M.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Bucaria, Robin
(Dartmouth Middle School United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
August 9, 2004
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Meeting Information
Meeting: Living in the Microbial World
Location: Woods Hole, MA
Country: United States
Start Date: August 15, 2004
End Date: August 21, 2004
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 344-58-21-01
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