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MSC03 2020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
CERIA Building
Room 204

Phone: (505) 277-1358
Fax: (505) 277-1351

Educational Modules and Tutorials

DiegoOn this page you will find links to AIM-UP! educational modules and tutorials to help use museum databases and tools. The modules are intended to introduce students to the vast resources (specimens) available in natural history museums worldwide. In the past, these specimens were unavailable to educators but now - with digitized information available over the web - teachers and students can begin to explore this previously hidden library of biodiversity.

Target audiences and IT needs

AIM-UP! modules have been developed for college-level courses, but may be appropriate for advanced high school courses. These modules require accessing an online museum database, including specimen images and distribution maps.

Instructions for using the modules

Each module includes step-by-step instructions for completing an activity. Clicking on a link for a module will take you to a new page that has more information about the module as well specific instructions for implementing the module and suggested background reading.

We encourage you to use the modules in your classroom. In return, we ask that you provide us with feedback to help us improve these lessons. After completing a module, please return the associated electronic feedback from (email to: Your feedback is essential to the success of the AIM-UP! network

AIM-UP! Educational Modules

Introductory Level

How to Read a Scientific Paper - intro
     Biogeo, Science

Introduction to Using the Arctos Database - intro
     DB, Science

Coal Balls - intro
     Bot, Ecol, Geol, Paleo

Plant Range and Distribution in Alaska - intro
     Bot, DB, Spa

Stomatal Density and Climate Change - intro
     Bot, CC, DB, Ecol

GIS and Bats - intro
     DB, Mam, Spa

The Relationship between Geographic Barriers and Divergence - intro
     Ecol, Evol, Spa

The Rock Pocket Mouse, Adaptation by Natural Selection - intro
     Evol, Gen

Specialized Plant Pollination Systems - intro
     Bot, Ecol

Using Natural History Collections and Art to Communicate about Climate Change - intro
     Art, CC

Ornithological Geographic Variation - intro
     Ecol, Evol, Gen, Morph, Ornith, Spa

Downloading Spatial Data - intro
     DB, Spa

Intermediate Level

Hemoglobin Function and Variation in Wild Populations - intro/advanced
     Evo, Gen, Phys 

Introduction to the Trilobites: macroevolution virtual lab - intro/advanced
     Evol, Paleo

Island Biogeography - intro/advanced
     Ecol, Evol, DB, Mam, Spa

Zoonotic Disease: Hantavirus - intro/advanced
    DB, Spa, General Science

Advanced Level

Phylogenetics Activities and Project - advanced
     Evol, Gen, Mam

Animal Responses to Climate Change - advanced
     CC, DB, Ecol, Gen, Mam, Morph, NH, Spa

Subject Areas

Art - Art
CC - Climate Change
Biogeo - Biogeography
Bot - Botany
DB - Database
Ecol - Ecology
Evol - Evolution
Gen - Genetics
Geol - Geology
Mam - Mammalogy
Morph - Morphology
NH - Natural History
Ornith - Ornithology
Paleo - Paleontology
Phys - Physiology
Spa - Spatial
Science - General Science