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IADIZA conducts scientific research aimed at understanding and explaining the structure and functioning of drylands

Teaching Material

Pichiciego Series (Pink fairy armadillo)

The Pichiciego Monograph Series was a technical contribution from the Zoology and Animal Ecology Unit. This material was prepared by Profs. Elba Pescetti, Susana Monge, Ana Scollo, Adriana de la Mota, Martín Villanueva and Fernando Videla in 1994. The series includes the following issues:

  • Issue 1: Feeding chain of the burrowing owl

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  • Issue 2: Birds I

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  • Issue 3: Birds II: Ornithogeographic areas in Mendoza province

  • Issue 4: Mammals

  • Issue 5: Fish I

Download PDF»Figure: External view of a bony fish‎»

  • Issue 6: Fish II

Download PDF»Distribution of Mendoza fish‎»

  • Issue 7: Reptiles (available soon)

Workshop Classroom: Let us save our Planet: together we can make it

This educational proposal was undertaken by a team of professionals who work at IADIZA, coordinated by Profs. Carlos Tello and Mirta Zárate. The proposal included a series of activities for students and teachers, among them: visiting IADIZA’s Wildlife Collection, practical work in the Phytochemistry Laboratory, visit to Mendoza Zoo, visit to the Divisadero Largo Provincial Nature Reserve, visit to the Waste Treatment Plant.

  • Guides for visitors

Next we present the Guides to be used during visits:

1. Visit to IADIZA’s Wildlife Collection (Ana María Scollo)

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2. Visit to the Divisadero Largo Nature Reserve (Eng. Estela Azpillaga)

Download PDF»Figure of Guide for Visits to the Divisadero Largo Nature Reserve. Illustrated by Prof. Cecilia Scoones»

  1. Visit to the IADIZA’s Phytochemistry Laboratory (Tech. Mario Medero)

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  1. Visit to the Waste Treatment Plant, Campo Espejo - Las Heras (Prof. Mirta Zárate)

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Course: Methodology for teaching Natural Sciences and Environmental Education

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Course: Spiders: main features and most common species.

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Wildlife (identification, adaptations, interactions, human uses). Held in schools neighboring San Guillermo Park (San Juan, Argentina).

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Highland desert fauna

Media: Project_Report-August-2008.pdf‎‎‎‎

What species are urban and rural students of Mendoza acquainted with? What are the sources of knowledge?

The present work is a comparative study between students of urban and rural schools of Mendoza. Children’s knowledge about biodiversity was analyzed, as well as the sources for such knowledge. The particular objectives of the project are: 1) Analyzing knowledge about biodiversity in urban and rural children (number of species they know, number of native and exotic species, number of wild and domestic animals, number of ornamental, edible and wild plants, best known taxonomic groups). 2) Comparing between urban and rural children the means used as sources of knowledge (parks, the countryside, gardens, books, television, internet, etc.). The data were collected through questionnaires administered to children from 17 urban schools and 13 rural schools in Mendoza. The surveyed children, in their fourth to ninth year of high school, visited the “Sendero del Garabato” (a hiking path) in 2007 and 2008. A total of 822 children from urban schools and 416 from rural schools participated in the project. The children were asked to mention 10 plant species and 10 animal species they were acquainted with, and to indicate the place where they had first met each of these species, in the gardens of their houses, the park, television, the internet, books or magazines, the countryside or the zoo.

Results show that: 1) the children know more exotic plants and animals than native ones. 2) Just like elsewhere in the world, the rose and ornamental flowers are the most popular ones. 3) Jarilla is one of the 3 plants best known by rural children in Mendoza. 4) Like elsewhere in the world, the dog and other domestic animals are the most popular animals. 5) The fox is among the 10 animals best known by rural children. 6) The best places to know plants are: the garden, the countryside and the park. 7) The best places to know animals are: the garden, the countryside and the zoo.


Students’ perception of animal and plant species:

Rural schools of Valle Fértil (San Juan, Argentina) as case study.

Introduction of exotic species is a serious problem to local biodiversity in Argentina. This work examines how students from Valle Fértil perceive native and exotic species. We gave questionnaires to 865 students from 9 to 17 years of age from 9 rural schools. We asked the students to name the species they like most, those they like the least, the most useful species and the harmful ones, and to mention the uses made of each species in the region. Preferences and perceptions were strongly directed toward exotic species, particularly the domestic ones that the children consider useful, such as horses, dogs, orchard plants, ornamental plants. Preferences for species were different in boys and girls, probably due to the marked differences in roles: boys working since early childhood in the field with their fathers, girls helping their mothers with the housework and in the orchard. Many native species, particularly those with a problematic relationship with man (such as foxes, snakes, pumas) were considered harmful and damaging.

Nates Jiménez, J., Campos, C. and Lindemann-Matthies, P. 2010. Students' perception of plant and animal species - a case study from rural Argentina. Applied Environmental Education and Communication 9: 131-141.

To read the full publication, download the following pdf:

Media: Nates_et_al-2010.pdf‎‎‎‎‎‎

Manual of Native Forests

A contribution of Conservation from Environmental Education.

Coordinated by Tech. Oscar Ongay Ugarteche and Lic. Sebastián Fermani Marambio (Directorate of Renewable Natural Resources), a team of professionals and technicians developed this Manual that addresses the problem of deforestation from the global to the provincial scenario. For Mendoza, it describes the current distribution of forests and, with the Prosopis tree as main protagonist, analyzes the forest as a dynamically functioning system full of interactions among species and with the physical environment. Finally, Tech. Oscar Ongay Ugarteche and Dr. Susana Lagos Silinik (IADIZA) set forward creative and didactical proposals to be used in the classroom. An excellent material available to everyone!!

To read the full publication, download the following pdf:

Media: Manual_Bosques_nativos_de_Mendoza_2012.pdf‎

Life in drylands: Mendoza desert

We offer this book published in 2001, much used in high schools and colleges. The authors (Claudia Campos and María del Carmen De Pedro) address, in an entertaining way but without losing scientific rigor, the characterization of the province’s drylands and their environmental problems.

To read the full publication, download the following pdf:

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