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Jon Darkow has taught a variety of biology courses at the high school and college level for the past ...Read more Jon Darkow has taught a variety of biology courses at the high school and college level for the past 15 years at Seneca East High School and through Bowling Green State University. Currently, Jon teaches Biology, AP Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology. Additionally, he teaches Instructional Technologies to educators in Seneca County. Jon has a diverse academic training with a B.A. in Sociology from Ohio State University in 2000. He has a post-bachelors in Life Science Education and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University where he received The Most Outstanding Professional Educator Award in 2007. Jon Darkow was the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers. Jon is most interested in teaching scientific reasoning and systems thinking using system dynamics modeling. Hide full description


Jon Darkow's Work

#1

Evolution and Natural Selection

sim97043 runs
#2

Photosynthesis Model

sim127464 runs
#3

Water Potential and Osmosis

Factors that affect the flow across a semi-permeable membrane.
sim28593 runs
#4

Cardiovascular Model

sim0 runs 0 views
#5

Population dynamics of white footed mouse

sim103067 runs
#6

Steady State in Freshwater Ecosystems

sim16584 runs
#7

Extinction Vortex

sim6782 runs
#8

Phenology of the Karner Blue Butterfly

Karner Blue butterfly is an endangered species. Habitat loss and climate change are contributing fac ... Read more
Karner Blue butterfly is an endangered species. Habitat loss and climate change are contributing factors to the reduction in the butterflies' population sizes. Climate change can alter the timing of lifecycles. When climate change disproportionally affects the timing of life cycles of species in an ecosystem asynchrony within a food web occurs.
sim3503 runs
asynchrony timing phenology climate change butterfly
#9

Lactase Enzyme Simulation with Data Analysis

sim1090352 runs
#10

Evolution with Heterozygous Advantage

Evolution of Populations: Genetic Drift, Natural Selection, and Mutations
sim3340 runs
evolution natural selection genetic drift
#11

Cellular Respiration Accounting Model

The purpose of the model is to understand how glucose is metabolized, and how the energy stored in i ... Read more
The purpose of the model is to understand how glucose is metabolized, and how the energy stored in its chemical bonds is transfered.
sim34368 runs
cellular respiration aerobic respiration ATP biology
#12

Information Processing and Neurophysiology Model

The main dependent variable measured in the model is the membrane potential (millivolts) of two diff ... Read more
The main dependent variable measured in the model is the membrane potential (millivolts) of two different neurons in a series. You will be able to add excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters, and compare how these modulate electrical impulses of the two neurons. Additionally, you will be able to compare the effects of three neurotoxins: Tetrodotoxin, botulinum toxin, and sarin nerve gas. While extremely lethal, these toxins are very instructive in understanding neurons because of the specific way the toxins act. Each toxin modifies or inhibits a specific molecule in neurons that help process and transmit information.
sim68834 runs
infromation processing neurophysiology biology
#13

Logistic Growth Model and the Butterfly Effect

Model allows users to test the starting population size (N), the carrying capacity of the populatio ... Read more
Model allows users to test the starting population size (N), the carrying capacity of the population (K), and the intrinsic rate of growth (r max). Iterations are discrete, not continuous.
sim878 runs
logistic growth carrying capacity
#14

Growth Factors, Cyclins, and Cancer

Explores the feedback loops that regulate the cell cycle. Model focuses on manipulating stimuli (gro ... Read more
Explores the feedback loops that regulate the cell cycle. Model focuses on manipulating stimuli (growth factors), to stimulate the cell cycle feedback loops.
sim45539 runs
growth factors cyclins cell cycle cancer
#15

Apterous Genetics

Apterous is an allele that results in a fly without wings. Wild-type variants have normally function ... Read more
Apterous is an allele that results in a fly without wings. Wild-type variants have normally functioning wings. The goal of this simulation is to determine the pattern of inheritance for the apterous phenotype. Is apterous dominant or recessive? Sex-linked or autosomal? Complete, incomplete, or codominant?
sim60559 runs
Genetics
#16

White-Eyed Genetics

White-eyed is an allele that results in a fly white eyes. Wild-type variants have red eyes. The ... Read more
White-eyed is an allele that results in a fly white eyes. Wild-type variants have red eyes. The goal of this simulation is to determine the pattern of inheritance for the white-eyed phenotype. Is yellow body dominant or recessive? Sex-linked or autosomal? Complete, incomplete, or codominant?
sim18663 runs
Genetics
#17

Recombination and Gene Linkage

sim27932 runs
#18

Transformation Simulation

Simulation allows students to test the transformation principle. Two major goals of the experiment a ... Read more
Simulation allows students to test the transformation principle. Two major goals of the experiment are: 1. Allow users to see that supernatant from heat-killed bacteria can transform the genes of another bacterium. 2. What transforms the inheritance of the bacteria is DNA, not RNA or proteins.
sim8944 runs
transformation DNA biology
#19

Lactose Operon: An Inducible System

In this simulation users explore the negative feedback system of the Lactose Operon found in bacteri ... Read more
In this simulation users explore the negative feedback system of the Lactose Operon found in bacteria. Lactose induces the system by inhibiting and inhibitor.
sim25911 runs
Inhibition negative feedback biology lactose operon
#20

Tryptophan Operon: A repressible system

sim13522 runs
#21

Evolution of LAP Allele in Mussels

sim24697 runs
Evolution Natural Selection Cline
#22

HPV and Adaptive Immune Response

sim4089 runs
HPV Antibodies feedback loops vaccine
#23

Thyroid Hormone - Negative Feedback

sim8402 runs
negative feedback thyroid hormone metabolism biology
#24

Chaos Theory: Strange Attractor

Manipulate the main variables of the Lorenz equation.
sim487 runs
chaos theory Lorenz attractor manifold
#25

Neurophysiology and Neurotoxicity

The main dependent variable measured in the model is the membrane potential (millivolts) of a motor ... Read more
The main dependent variable measured in the model is the membrane potential (millivolts) of a motor neuron and the muscle fiber it innervates. You will be able to add excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters, and compare how neurotransmitters modulate the electrical impulses of the motor neuron and the muscle fiber. Additionally, you will be able to compare the effects of four neurotoxins: Tetrodotoxin, botulinum toxin, sarin nerve gas, and VX. While extremely lethal, these toxins are very instructive in understanding neurons because of the specific way the toxins act. Each toxin modifies or inhibits a specific molecule in neurons that help process and transmit information.
sim17001 runs
Neurophysiology toxins sarin VX TTX
#26

Stock, Inflow, and Outflow with Atrazine

Simple stock and flow diagram. Flows linear.
sim49 runs
stock flow atrazine
#27

Tick Tock: The Biological Clock and Circadian Rhythm

Explore gene expression of the transcriptional-translational feedback loop (TTFL) of the mouse circa ... Read more
Explore gene expression of the transcriptional-translational feedback loop (TTFL) of the mouse circadian rhythm.
sim794 runs
circadian clock feedback loop
#28

Carbon in the Atmosphere - Graphic Input constant

sim27 runs
#29

The dynamics of photosynthesis - variable sample size

The dynamics of photosynthesis - variable sample size
sim69 runs
photosynthesis sample size biology
#30

Photosynthesis with Variable Sample Sizes

Sample sizes of Photosynthesis stocks in an array
sim8946 runs, 34 downloads
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#31

Lactase with Variable Sample Sizes

Arrayed Lactase Model
sim67796 runs
Lactase array sample size biology
#32

Evolution: Grants Finches

Models the effects on population sizes of ground finches with different beak sizes in response to di ... Read more
Models the effects on population sizes of ground finches with different beak sizes in response to different amounts of annual precipitation.
sim1149 runs
evolution biology natural selection
#33

Lac Operon with Monod Bump

sim34354 runs
Lac Operon Gene Regulation mRNA
#34

Grant Finches Mobile

sim12 runs
#35

Cellular Respiration Inquiry

Model of the dynamics of the metabolism of one mole of glucose. Randomness is built into the computa ... Read more
Model of the dynamics of the metabolism of one mole of glucose. Randomness is built into the computations.
sim28946 runs
metabolism respriation ATP biology
#36

Oxytocin and Child Birth

sim20957 runs
#37

Limiting Nutrients in Aquatic Ecosystems

Experiment with a variety of nutrients that are limited by different degrees in four different ecosy ... Read more
Experiment with a variety of nutrients that are limited by different degrees in four different ecosystems.
sim18941 runs
limiting nutrients ecosystem biology logistic growth
#38

Diffusion of a Spherical Cell

Why are cells small? This model allows users to see how the size of a sphere affects the rate of dif ... Read more
Why are cells small? This model allows users to see how the size of a sphere affects the rate of diffusion.
sim12044 runs
diffusion surface area volume radius
#39

System Dynamics of Carbon Budget

Simulation of the system dynamics of the global carbon dioxide budget based on the work on systems d ... Read more
Simulation of the system dynamics of the global carbon dioxide budget based on the work on systems dynamics based on John Sternman (MIT) and Krytyna Stave (University of Nebraska)
sim1389 runs
system dynamics carbon climate
#40

Circadian Clock in the Mouse

Transcriptional Translational Feedback Loop in the Mouse
sim9444 runs
Mouse Circadian Clock
#41

Fruit Fly Choice

Simulation to model random behavior in a fruit fly choice chamber
sim163 runs
randomness random
#42

Fruit Fly with variable sample size

sim41 runs
#43

GLUT and Insulin

sim11 runs
#44

Genotyping with Electrophoresis

sim1535 runs
biology inheritance DNA restriction enzyme
#45

Pattern with recessive single band

sim13806 runs
genetics
#46

Simple Genetics

sim15878 runs
#47

Evolving Bits

Diversity and selection for the basis of evolution. This simple model tries to illustrate these conc ... Read more
Diversity and selection for the basis of evolution. This simple model tries to illustrate these concepts.
sim1409 runs
Diversity Selection Evolution Receptor Antigen
#48

Catastrophic Regime Change in Aquatic Ecosystems

sim7919 runs
Ecology
#49

Evolving Bits N=40

sim1166 runs
evolution bits receptor substrate
#50

Tesing Unknown Enzymes

sim3512 runs
enzymes
#51

Enzyme Diversity

sim17698 runs
enzyme biology substrate pepsin indicators
#52

Photosynthesis Simulation with Variance

sim45152 runs
#53

Beta Cell Membrane Transport - Insulin Regulation

sim216 runs
Insulin Glucose Beta Cell
#54

Enzyme Diversity: Enzymes, Products, and Substrates

sim40991 runs
enzymes substrates products DNA trypsin
#55

Beta Cell Simulation - Split story

sim2847 runs
#56

Guppy Evolution

sim5145 runs
evolution biology genes
#57

HPV with Influenza A Humoral Immunity

Immune response of HPV
sim246 runs
HPV antibodies biology Immunity
#58

Lotka-Volterra Predator-Prey Model

Explore my favorite aspect of system dynamics and a historic example. The homeostasis generated by t ... Read more
Explore my favorite aspect of system dynamics and a historic example. The homeostasis generated by the interconnections of a negative feedback loop governs much of life.
sim4802 runs
negative feedback loop Lotka-Volterra homeostasis predator-prey
#59

Phosphorus in Lake: Changes to Flows in a Dynamic System

This model allows users to experiment with a very simple dynamic system: one stock (Phosphorus in a ... Read more
This model allows users to experiment with a very simple dynamic system: one stock (Phosphorus in a lake), an inflow (added P/day), and an outflow (removed P/day). The flows can either be constant throughout the simulation run, or dynamic (changing throughout the simulation run.)
sim73 runs
flows dynamic phosphorus
#60

Student Model (X. Hicks and J. Margraf) - HIV

sim11 runs
#61

Extinction

sim0 views
#62

Exponential Growth in Population - AF

Chapter 2: Modeling the Environment
model339 downloads
Download Model
#63

Chapter 2: Population Growth

Chapter 2 introduction
model248 downloads
Download Model
#64

Chapter 2.12

model177 downloads
Download Model
#65

Logistic Growth Model

model410 downloads
Download Model
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Sim App (Sim)

An interface that allows users to interact with a model.

Image of a sim

Sim apps allow users to interact with a model using buttons, sliders, knobs, tables, graphs, and storytelling. These interactions help users understand how parts of a system interact.

Interfaces are created by model authors in the Stella desktop software and can be uploaded to the isee Exchange.

Model

A diagram that represents how elements in a system influence one another.

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Models are mathematical representations of how elements in a system are connected and interact (e.g., ecosystems, organizations, supply chains). When running models on the Exchange, results can be viewed in output devices like graphs and tables.

Models appear in the isee Exchange directory when authors upload them from the Stella® desktop software or create them with Stella Online™.

Causal Loop Diagram (CLD)

A map that represents the feedback structure of a system.

Image of a CLD

CLDs are high-level maps that represents the feedback structure of a system and easily communicate the essence of a model. They appear in the isee Exchange when authors upload them from the Stella desktop software or create them with Stella Online™.