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  • Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Activity

    Genetically modified mosquitoes have been used to reduce mosquito populations and the diseases they spread. But how can we tell if the method works? In this activity, students analyze data from a field experiment.

  • Population Dynamics

    Population Dynamics

    Click & Learn

    Explore the exponential and the logistic growth mathematical models that describe how population changes with time.

  • Portrait of a Howler

    Portrait of a Howler

    Image of the Week

    Groups of black howler monkeys (Alouatta caraya) “howl” to each other in the Amazon rainforest during the evening and early morning hours in order to maintain neighborly distances.

  • Benefits of Schools

    Benefits of Schools

    Image of the Week

    Being in a school affords young barracuda several advantages over the solitary life.

  • Developing an Explanation for Mouse Fur Color

    Developing an Explanation for Mouse Fur Color

    Activity

    Students collect and analyze evidence for each of the major conditions for evolution by natural selection to develop an explanation for how populations change over time. 

  • Firefly Pyrotechnics

    Firefly Pyrotechnics

    Image of the Week

    Most firefly species employ characteristic patterns of bioluminescent flashes to elicit responses from potential mates.

  • Asteroid Impact?

    Asteroid Impact?

    Image of the Week

    A living foraminifer, Orbulina universa, in the act of shortening its spines in preparation for gametogenesis.

  • Using Wolbachia to Suppress Mosquito Fertility

    Using Wolbachia to Suppress Mosquito Fertility

    Data Point

    In this study, researchers tested whether releasing Wolbachia-infected male Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquitoes) would suppress populations of this mosquito species in their study area.

  • How Lizards Find Their Way Home

    How Lizards Find Their Way Home

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 33 sec) When Dr. Manuel Leal removed lizards from an area in the forest, he noticed an interesting phenomenon: all the lizards seemed to be back the next day. Watch as he sets up an experiment to study how these lizards navigate home. Also available in Spanish.

  • Dad Feathers

    Dad Feathers

    Image of the Week

    The male peafowl, or peacock, invests a lot in his appearance.

  • Seed Dispersal and Habitat Fragmentation

    Seed Dispersal and Habitat Fragmentation

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 3 sec) Watch researchers follow brown spider monkeys in a tropical forest of Colombia to determine which plant seeds they are dispersing. Seed dispersers are critical to the forest’s ability to grow and regenerate. 

  • Root Movement

    Root Movement

    Image of the Week

    Root tips constantly search the soil for water and nutrients using the power of cell division and elongation.

  • WildCam Darién

    WildCam Darién

    Click & Learn

    Researchers in Darién and Soberanía National Parks use remote trail cameras to study jaguars and their prey. You can contribute to this important research through WildCam Darién, an online citizen science platform.

  • Counting the Rings

    Counting the Rings

    Image of the Week

    An otolith from a lanternfish (Gymnoscopelus nicholsi) is used to estimate the fish’s age and growth rate.

  • Sleep Clears β-amyloid from the Brain

    Sleep Clears β-amyloid from the Brain

    Data Point

    The researchers in this study tested whether the rate of Aβ removal is higher during sleep using mice as model organisms.

  • Dragon Tale

    Dragon Tale

    Image of the Week

    A pangolin rescued from poachers near Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

  • Modeling Trophic Cascades

    Modeling Trophic Cascades

    Activity

    Students use cards of animal and plant species to model trophic cascades. Species examples are drawn from seven different habitats to test student understanding.

  • Single Mother

    Single Mother

    Image of the Week

    A queen bee may produce as many as 60,000 offspring during her lifetime.

  • Trophic Cascades in Salt Marsh Ecosystems

    Trophic Cascades in Salt Marsh Ecosystems

    Scientists at Work

    (10 min 1 sec) Ecologist Brian Silliman uses manipulative field experiments to reveal that salt marsh ecosystems are under top down control from consumers and predators.

  • Larval Biscuit

    Larval Biscuit

    Image of the Week

    A pluteus larva of the sea biscuit, Clypeaster subdepressus, an echinoderm closely related to sea urchins.

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