A mini-documentary illustrating the importance of the ocean to the Filipino way of life, and how that close connection helps biodiversity research.
At the end of the ice age, the retreating ice sheet created many new lakes, some of which were colonized by sticklebacks.
A brief introduction to how stickleback fossils are collected and used to study evolution. It also shows the students who attended the 2005 Holiday Lectures taking part in a fossil-collecting activity.
A discussion on biodiversity, endangered habitats, and how best to preserve the Earth's ecosystems, presented by the lecturers along with Dr. E.O. Wilson and Dr. Eric Chivian.
An activity that recreates zones of microbial activity in a glass column. To accompany the lecture series Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future.
To accompany the lecture series Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. Using an online calculator, you will estimate your household’s carbon footprint and explore various actions to reduce it.
EarthViewer was designed as an interactive learning tool. Download the PDF linked in the right hand column for some ideas on how to use the app in your class, or click on the EarthViewer link to find out more about the app.
A poster from the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. It details the importance of foraminifera, known as "forams" for short, in discovering significant changes in Earth's past.
A poster from the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. It shows the different organisms and metabolic diversity that results in a miniature model called a Winogradsky column.
A poster from the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. It illustrates how the Earth has evolved over the past 4.6 billion years, and highlights how that evolution influences biological evolution.
Has Earth changed over deep time? How did Earth shape life and life shape Earth? What does Earth's climate in the distant past tell us about the future?
Earth has been both cooler and warmer in the past, but the change is usually gradual. The current rate of carbon dioxide increase is unprecedented in human history, and solutions to mitigate its effect on global warming are challenging to implement.
Scientific evidence for global climate change is overwhelming, yet the American public remains skeptical. History provides insights into how a Cold War-era think tank became an influential source of anti-regulation sentiment.
A discussion on climate change with the students attending the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science.
A grassroots effort by winter sports professionals aims to convince the government to take action on climate change.
A postdoc in the Schrag lab, Dr. Shoemaker works on the greenhouse gas methane, which has surprising natural and man-made sources.
Reconstructing past continental plate movements reveals the island of Spitsbergen was tropical 500 million years ago.
Sunlight that warms Earth is re-emitted as infrared radiation, which is absorbed by greenhouse gases and causes further warming.
CO2 emitted by volcanoes into the atmosphere is removed by a...
Arctic sea ice melted on an unprecedented scale in 2012, opening up the fabled Northwest and Northeast passages.
Earth's climate is a complex system controlled by many factors. This Click and Learn will examine the two most important factors: solar radiation and the composition of Earth's atmosphere.
Explore the changes in oxygen levels throughout Earth’s history and discover their impact on life.
Summaries and links to the data files used to create the charts in EarthViewer, including the APK file to manually install the app.
This activity guides students through building a conceptual model of how carbon dioxide affects Earth's climate
This student worksheet highlights climate concepts in the EarthViewer app.
Set against the restoration of war-torn Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, The Guide tells the story of a young man from the local community who discovers a passion for science after meeting world-renowned biologist E.O. Wilson.
This article by Gorongosa National Project staff explains the project’s history, mission, and future goals.
Are we witnessing a sixth mass extinction? What factors threaten ecosystems on land and in the sea? What are researchers doing to try to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems?
This interactive map of Gorongosa National Park allows users to explore different features of the park, including key components of the conservation strategy.
The poster supporting the 2014 Holiday Lectures, Biodiversity in the Age of Humans, illustrates many ways that humans are affecting the earth.
A highly visual interactive timeline for exploring the history of Gorongosa National Park, from its beginnings as a hunting reserve and decline in the wake of a civil war, to its return to being one of the world’s foremost wildlife treasures and case studies in conservation biology.
Reef-building corals depend on brown-colored symbiotic algae for survival.
Zoom into a coral reef and discover photosynthetic algae inside the coral’s cells. Reef-building corals rely on these symbionts for their survival.
Ecosystems in the world-famous national park are threatened by warming temperatures.
Prehistoric extinction rates are calculated from fossil data in a paleodatabase and compared to today’s extinction rate.