Visual imagery teaching resources for vertebrate identification

TitleVisual imagery teaching resources for vertebrate identification
Duration1 Year
Project Summary

This project will create visual resources (i.e. short video productions and 3D imagery) of animal specimens used in FRST 395 (Wildlife Ecology) to help students learn taxonomy of vertebrates (e.g. birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians). We will build visual resources to serve two purposes: (1) increased accessibility of lab specimens to students studying vertebrate taxonomy, and (2) preservation of specimens in the teaching collections, which are costly and difficult to maintain. Students will be able to interact with specimens they would not normally be allowed to handle (e.g. endangered or rare specimens), as well as see a greater diversity of examples than are normally possible in the laboratories for the course. Our intent is to make these resources freely available online and to other courses at UBC (e.g. BIOL 204, BIOL 426, BIOL 427) which also include the study of taxonomy and anatomy.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2019/2020
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorSusanne Lavallee
Year 1: Funded Amount48,269
Year 1: Team Members

Susanne Lavallee, Senior Instructor, Forest and Conservation Sciences, Faculty of Forestry
Cole Burton, Assistant Professor, Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry