Campus Units

Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

7-2020

Journal or Book Title

Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology

Volume

16

First Page

1

Last Page

12

Abstract

Students apply the Law of Conservation of Mass to understand nitrogen (N) budgets for a Corn-belt agricultural system at the plot level. A 45-minute, in-class introduction enables students to complete an outside-of-class activity using a process-based simulation model in ‘lab mode’ address ‘What-If’ questions about effects of various management practices on N cycling. Then, during one 75-minute class, teams use the model in a game-like mode to compete in attaining four different goals: 1) Maximize income; 2) Increase soil carbon; 3) Reduce nitrate flow to streams; and 4) Optimize yield and soil organic N while reducing N in streams.

Comments

This article is published as Russell, A.E. and Dailey, J.K., 2020. Gaming Ag Nitrogen Cycling. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Vol. 16. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

The Authors

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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