In this module, students will:
- Understand the relevancy of diet quality to understand the physiology of animals.
- Use scientific practices to quantify and compare diet diversity and digestibility.
- Understand how the environment and animal morphology influences the physiological process of digestion.
- Archive digital data on diet diversity and digestion by your animal for future iteration, collaboration and discovery.
- Lab 3: Diet & Digestion
- Lab 3 Supply List
- Folder: Diversity Indices (This folder contains resources for calculating the Shannon Evenness Index of Diet Diversity)
- Guide: Calculate Shannon Evenness Index of Diet Diversity
- Guide: Shannon Diversity Index
- Lab: Calculating Biodiversity (Species Richness, Species Diversity, and How to Know When to Stop Sampling)
- At BSU, this module followed the Chukar Dissection module (Labs 1 and 2).
- The plan is to have a prestocked supply tote for this module that can be sent to participating colleges and universities.
- Remote options:
- For diet diversity, pictures of crop contents can be provided for digital analysis.
- For particle size, autoclaved feces can be provided. A sieve or perhaps a household strainer would be required.
- Graduate students are available to assist in teaching this lab remotely. Depending on travel and availability, they may be able to teach in person.
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