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  • Film Guide for How Tube Worms Survive at Hydrothermal Vents

    Film Guide for How Tube Worms Survive at Hydrothermal Vents

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement the film How Tube Worms Survive in Hydrothermal Vents. It tells the story of the symbiotic relationship between the giant tube worm, Riftia pachyptila, and chemosynthetic bacteria.

  • Niche Partitioning and DNA Metabarcoding

    Niche Partitioning and DNA Metabarcoding

    Click & Learn

    This interactive explores niche partitioning as a mechanism that enables similar species of animals to coexist.

  • How Giant Tube Worms Survive at Hydrothermal Vents

    How Giant Tube Worms Survive at Hydrothermal Vents

    Feature Film

    (10 min 20 sec) Deep at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, an amazing bacterial discovery reshaped our view of life on earth.

  • The Secret Life of Beewolves

    The Secret Life of Beewolves

    Image of the Week

    Cross-section through the antenna of a female beewolf, Philanthinus quattuordecimpunctatus.

  • BiomeViewer

    BiomeViewer

    Click & Learn

    An interactive to explore biomes, climate, biodiversity, and human impacts across the globe.

  • EarthViewer

    EarthViewer

    Click & Learn

    Download the accompanying student worksheet under "Downloads." What did Earth look like 250 million years ago? Or 1 billion years ago? Or 4.5 billion years ago? EarthViewer is an interactive tool that allows you to explore the science of Earth's deep history.

  • Firefly Pyrotechnics

    Firefly Pyrotechnics

    Image of the Week

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

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Dragon Tale

    Dragon Tale

    Image of the Week

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

  • Larval Biscuit

    Larval Biscuit

    Image of the Week

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

  • Super Stoma

    Super Stoma

    Image of the Week

    The stomata of grasses (singular stoma) function more efficiently than those of other plants.

  • Under the Hemiparasite

    Under the Hemiparasite

    Image of the Week

    Many of the 1400 or so species of mistletoes are hemiparasites—they obtain at least part of their nutrition from the host tree.

  • Sharklab

    Sharklab

    Image of the Week

    A team of scientists from The Bimini Biological Field Station collecting samples from a male tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier).

  • The Effects of Fungicides on Bumble Bee Colonies

    The Effects of Fungicides on Bumble Bee Colonies

    Scientists at Work

    (6 min 25 sec) Are fungicides safe for bumble bees? Entomologist Shawn Steffan designed an experiment to answer this question.

  • Tagging Bumble Bees to Study Their Movements

    Tagging Bumble Bees to Study Their Movements

    Scientists at Work

    (6 min 1 sec) Graduate student Jeremy Hemberger designs an experiment to study the foraging behavior of bumble bees in different habitats.

  • Finding A Place On The Tree

    Finding A Place On The Tree

    Image of the Week

    Dendrogramma is a newly-discovered species of deep sea siphonophore.

  • Human Impacts on Biodiversity

    Human Impacts on Biodiversity

    Activity

    In this activity, students will use trail camera data to answer a scientific research question about the impacts of humans on species diversity in Gorongosa.

  • Niche Partitioning Activity

    Niche Partitioning Activity

    Activity

    Students are introduced to real-world examples of niche partitioning and cutting-edge technology used to give unprecedented insights into the feeding habits of wild animals.

  • Moth Mimicry: Using Ultrasound to Avoid Bats

    Moth Mimicry: Using Ultrasound to Avoid Bats

    Scientists at Work

    (10 min 24 sec) This video follows scientists as they uncover the ways in which moth species in Gorongosa National Park use ultrasound to avoid being eaten by bats.

  • WildCam Lab

    WildCam Lab

    Click & Learn

    The WildCam Lab is a part of WildCam Gorongosa, an online citizen science platform where users identify animals in trail camera photos. Using the WildCam Lab, students can investigate ecological questions and test hypotheses by exploring trail camera data using an interactive map. 

  • Scientific Inquiry Using WildCam Gorongosa

    Scientific Inquiry Using WildCam Gorongosa

    Activity

    In this activity, students will be guided through the investigation of a scientific question, using data from trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park.

  • Measuring Biodiversity in Gorongosa

    Measuring Biodiversity in Gorongosa

    Activity

    In this activity, students will calculate species richness, evenness, and the Shannon diversity index for various habitat types using data from trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park.

  • The Shy Shark's Secret

    The Shy Shark's Secret

    Image of the Week

    The Chain catshark (Scyliorhinus retifer) fluoresces bright green when illuminated in blue light.

  • Slug Power

    Slug Power

    Image of the Week

    The sea slug, Elysia crispata belongs to a group called the sacoglossans—mostly herbivores that feed, mate and lay eggs on algae.  

  • A Science-Based Approach to Restoring Gorongosa's Wildlife

    A Science-Based Approach to Restoring Gorongosa's Wildlife

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 45 sec) Scientists from Gorongosa National Park relocate zebras from a nearby reserve as part of the effort to restore healthy wildlife populations. Download the accompanying worksheet (PDF) for students to complete as they watch the video.

  • Surveying Ant Diversity in Gorongosa National Park

    Surveying Ant Diversity in Gorongosa National Park

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 46 sec) Conservation biologist Leeanne Alonso is surveying ant species Gorongosa National Park to monitor the health of the park’s ecosystems

  • Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Short

    (7 min 18 sec) This animated short film tells the engaging tale of the discovery of the coelacanth.

  • Crystals and the Color of Skin

    Crystals and the Color of Skin

    Image of the Week

    The panther chameleon alters the arrangement of tiny crystals in its skin to change color.

  • Mass Extinctions Interactive

    Mass Extinctions Interactive

    Click & Learn

    Discover the environmental factors that caused the five big mass extinctions in Earth’s history and which species they impacted.

  • Gorongosa: Scientific Inquiry and Data Analysis

    Gorongosa: Scientific Inquiry and Data Analysis

    Activity

    In this activity, students will be guided through the investigation of a scientific question, using data from ongoing research in Gorongosa National Park.

  • New Year Bash

    New Year Bash

    Image of the Week

    Some mantis shrimps, for example, Odontodactylus sp., can smash open prey, such as snails and crabs, using powerful specialized limbs.

  • Gorongosa: Using Citizen Science to Study Ecology

    Gorongosa: Using Citizen Science to Study Ecology

    Short Course

    This course connects you to actual ecological research in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Gorongosa was once a thriving national park, until decades of war decimated the park’s large...

  • Lesson 8 - WildCam Gorongosa: Data Analysis

    Lesson 8 - WildCam Gorongosa: Data Analysis

    Activity

    In this activity, students will collect actual data from WildCam Gorongosa and use those data to create graphs and answer an ecological question of their choice.

  • Lesson 7 - Observations Across Habitats

    Lesson 7 - Observations Across Habitats

    Activity

    In this lesson, students will compare wildlife in two different habitats by making observations using sets of trail camera photos. They will then use these observations to formulate questions for further study.

  • Lesson 6 - Biomes and Landscapes

    Lesson 6 - Biomes and Landscapes

    Activity

    In this lesson, students will use an interactive map of Gorongosa National Park to learn about biomes. They will then explore E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth iBook to learn about the varied landscapes and vegetation types in Gorongosa.

  • Lesson 4 - Gorongosa's Food Webs

    Lesson 4 - Gorongosa's Food Webs

    Activity

    In this lesson, students will learn about how food webs are constructed and trophic levels in an ecological community. They will then use animals that they identify in WildCam Gorongosa to construct food chains and food webs, and study the impacts of disturbances.

  • Lesson 3 - Scientific Inquiry with WildCam Gorongosa

    Lesson 3 - Scientific Inquiry with WildCam Gorongosa

    Activity

    In this lesson, students will use WildCam Gorongosa to start making observations and generating scientific questions using a single trail camera photo.

  • Lesson 2 - Gorongosa National Park

    Lesson 2 - Gorongosa National Park

    Activity

    In this lesson students will learn about the history of Gorongosa National Park and the ongoing restoration effort through readings and videos.

  • Lesson 1 - WildCam Gorongosa

    Lesson 1 - WildCam Gorongosa

    Activity

    In this lesson students will learn how to use WildCam Gorongosa and get introduced to some of the animals in the park.

  • Coral Fluorescence

    Coral Fluorescence

    Image of the Week

    Most corals contain proteins that emit light, or fluoresce, when light shines on them.

  • A Predator in the Plankton

    A Predator in the Plankton

    Image of the Week

    The comb jelly (Beroe cucumis) uses its large mouth and cilia-powered motor to prey upon members of the plankton family, including other ctenophores.

  • Niche Partitioning and Species Coexistence

    Niche Partitioning and Species Coexistence

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 14 sec) Professor Robert Pringle describes the cutting-edge method of DNA metabarcoding used to reveal how similar animals share resources. Film and worksheet also available in Spanish.

  • Gorongosa: Making Observations Activity

    Gorongosa: Making Observations Activity

    Activity

    In this activity, students will use trail camera photos from WildCam Gorongosa to make observations and ask scientific questions as part of the scientific process.

  • Primate in a Pumpkin

    Primate in a Pumpkin

    Image of the Week

    The Aye-Aye is a nocturnal lemur, a member of a group of primates that live only on the island of Madagascar. 

  • The Science of Camera Traps

    The Science of Camera Traps

    Lecture

    (23 min 44 sec) A discussion of camera traps and their use in ecological research.

  • Conserving and Restoring Ecosystems

    Conserving and Restoring Ecosystems

    Lecture

    (25 min 21 sec) Two important questions in ecology are "How do we conserve ecosystems?" and  "When we try to restore damaged ecosystems, what state do we restore them to?"

  • How Species Coexist

    How Species Coexist

    Lecture

    (27 min 25 sec) Large herbivores in the African savanna coexist by partitioning ecological niches by time, space, and diet.

  • Patterns and Processes in Ecology

    Patterns and Processes in Ecology

    Lecture

    What controls the numbers and distributions of animals in their environment? How do animals interact with other species? How do natural patterns arise in nature? Find out in the 2015 Holiday Lectures on Science.

  • Helena With Cub

    Helena With Cub

    Image of the Week

    A lioness relaxing with her cub in Gorongosa National Park, where scientists are studying the recovery of the lion population. 

  • Wait for Me!

    Wait for Me!

    Image of the Week

    A remote trail camera captures a photo of an elephant calf trying to catch up to the rest of its family group in Gorongosa National Park.

  • iTunes U Course: Gorongosa: Using Citizen Science to Study Ecology

    iTunes U Course: Gorongosa: Using Citizen Science to Study Ecology

    Click & Learn

    This iTunes U course teaches concepts in ecology and scientific inquiry through a citizen science project in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

  • You Lookin' at Me?

    You Lookin' at Me?

    Image of the Week

    Waterbucks caught in the act as they eat their way in front of a trail camera in Mozambique, Africa.

  • WildCam Gorongosa

    WildCam Gorongosa

    Click & Learn

    Researchers in Gorongosa National Park use remote trail cameras to study the park’s wildlife. You can contribute to this important research through WildCam Gorongosa, an online citizen science platform.

  • Creating Chains and Webs to Model Ecological Relationships

    Creating Chains and Webs to Model Ecological Relationships

    Activity

    Students use cards to build model food webs and evaluate how ecological disturbances affect each trophic level. Also available in Spanish.

  • Gorongosa National Park

    Gorongosa National Park

    Collection

    Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique was once a thriving national park, until a civil war decimated the park’s large animal populations and halted tourism. A new long-term restoration project...

  • Sand Flea Fireworks

    Sand Flea Fireworks

    Image of the Week

    The front leg of a sand flea stained with colorful dyes.

  • Shades of Pollen

    Shades of Pollen

    Image of the Week

    The variety of colors of cells in a honeycomb comes from pollen collected from different plant species.

  • Save Our Sawfish

    Save Our Sawfish

    Image of the Week

    A smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) patrols the murky waters of the Everglades National Park in Florida.

  • Warthog Love

    Warthog Love

    Image of the Week

    Warthog mothers look after their young in small family groups.

  • Exploring Biomes in Gorongosa National Park

    Exploring Biomes in Gorongosa National Park

    Activity

    Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique is a region with high ecological diversity that encompasses two distinct biomes. This activity introduces students to the concept of biomes in conjunction with the Gorongosa National Park interactive map click and learn

  • Working On The Ant Farm

    Working On The Ant Farm

    Image of the Week

    Leaf-cutter ants practice fungus agriculture to provide the ant colony with a steady source of food.

  • Coral Bleaching Activity

    Coral Bleaching Activity

    Activity

    This is a classroom activity in which students use authentic data to assess the threat of coral bleaching around the world. It supports the 2014 Holiday Lectures on Science video featuring Dr. Stephen Palumbi.

  • Following Tracks In The Sky

    Following Tracks In The Sky

    Image of the Week

    The flight patterns of a flock of black vultures are revealed by a novel digital video technique.

  • Steve Palumbi & Megan Morikawa Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa

    Steve Palumbi & Megan Morikawa Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 1 sec) Field research on coral bleaching suggests possibilities for saving threatened reefs.

  • Supporting the Ecosystem

    Supporting the Ecosystem

    Image of the Week

    Pikas are small mammals related to rabbits that can only live in cold climates, either at high latitude or high elevations in North America and Asia.

  • Saving Biodiversity Discussion

    Saving Biodiversity Discussion

    Lecture

    (57 min 28 sec) A sixty-minute discussion on biodiversity.

  • Dodging Extinction

    Dodging Extinction

    Lecture

    (31 min 12 sec) What steps can be taken to avoid the sixth mass extinction?

  • Ocean Species Respond to Climate Change

    Ocean Species Respond to Climate Change

    Lecture

    (29 min 39 sec) Coral reefs, how they are threatened by climate change, and how to protect them.

  • Extreme Life of the Sea

    Extreme Life of the Sea

    Lecture

    (29 min 27 sec) The threat to biodiversity in the ocean differs from the threats on the land.

  • Rescuing Species

    Rescuing Species

    Lecture

    (29 min 1 sec) How to preserve genetic diversity that is threatened by habitat loss.

  • Humans, Biodiversity, and Habitat Loss

    Humans, Biodiversity, and Habitat Loss

    Lecture

    (33 min 4 sec) Human activities and their effects on biodiversity in the past, present, and future.

  • Learning from Past Extinctions

    Learning from Past Extinctions

    Lecture

    (29 min 6 sec) There is still time to avoid a sixth mass extinction.

  • In A Different Light

    In A Different Light

    Image of the Week

    A tree scorpion illuminated with UV light gives off a blue-green glow.

  • The Lone Anole

    The Lone Anole

    Image of the Week

    The Plymouth anole (Anolis lividus) lizard is found only on the Caribbean island of Montserrat—and it is the only anole species living there.

  • Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab App

    Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab App

    Apps and eBooks

    The Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab app lets you explore the evolution of the anole lizards in the Caribbean on your iOS device.

  • The Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment

    The Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment

    Click & Learn

    Explore key human impacts on the environment and how they have affected Earth’s landscape, ocean, atmosphere, and biodiversity with this engaging interactive. 

  • The Making of Mass Extinctions

    The Making of Mass Extinctions

    Poster

    Discover the environmental factors that caused the five big mass extinctions in Earth’s history and which species they impacted.

  • Putting Crocs on the Map

    Putting Crocs on the Map

    Image of the Week

    One of the largest populations of Nile crocodiles in Africa congregates on the beaches of Lake Urema in Gorongosa National Park.

  • Anthony Barnosky and Kaitlin Maguire Measure Mammal Extinctions at the John Day Fossil Beds

    Anthony Barnosky and Kaitlin Maguire Measure Mammal Extinctions at the John Day Fossil Beds

    Scientists at Work

    (9 min 15 sec) Prehistoric extinction rates are calculated from fossil data in a paleodatabase and compared to today’s extinction rate.

  • Liz Hadly Tracks the Impact of Climate Change in Yellowstone

    Liz Hadly Tracks the Impact of Climate Change in Yellowstone

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 28 sec) Ecosystems in the world-famous national park are threatened by warming temperatures.

  • Have Your Larva and Eat It Too

    Have Your Larva and Eat It Too

    Image of the Week

    During the larval stage, the Nemertean worm develops inside a hollow sac from which the juvenile eventually emerges, rupturing the sac and then eating the remains.

  • Secret of Coral-Reef Survival

    Secret of Coral-Reef Survival

    Image of the Week

    Reef-building corals depend on brown-colored symbiotic algae for survival.

  • Gorongosa Timeline

    Gorongosa Timeline

    Click & Learn

    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.  

  • Biodiversity Rediscovered

    Biodiversity Rediscovered

    Image of the Week

    Gorongosa’s spiky pillbug had not been seen for 50 years.

  • On Their Way Back

    On Their Way Back

    Image of the Week

    Zebras on the move in a remote area of Gorongosa National Park in 2006.

  • The Anthropocene—Human Impact on the Environment

    The Anthropocene—Human Impact on the Environment

    Poster

    The poster supporting the 2014 Holiday Lectures, Biodiversity in the Age of Humans, illustrates many ways that humans are affecting the earth.

  • Putting Food on the Table

    Putting Food on the Table

    Image of the Week

    Weaver ants labor to carry a live land snail back to their nest in Gorongosa National Park.

  • Film Guides: The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

    Film Guides: The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa, which tells the story of Tonga Torcida, a young man coming of age on Mount Gorongosa and in the newly revitalized Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

  • Biodiversity at Your Fingertips

    Biodiversity at Your Fingertips

    Image of the Week

    Gorongosa National Park is rich in diverse species including some found only in and near the park, like this pygmy chameleon.

  • Gorongosa National Park Interactive Map

    Gorongosa National Park Interactive Map

    Click & Learn

    This interactive map of Gorongosa National Park allows users to explore different features of the park, including key components of the conservation strategy. 

  • Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

    Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

    Lecture

    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?

  • The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

    The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

    Short Film

    (34 min 22 sec) 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.  Also available in Spanish.

  • Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab

    Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab

    Virtual Lab

    In the Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab students explore the evolution of the anole lizards in the Caribbean by collecting and analyzing their own data.  

  • A Flower That Fits the Bill

    A Flower That Fits the Bill

    Image of the Week

    The bill of the buff-tailed sicklebill hummingbird is perfectly shaped to collect nectar from deep within the Centropogon flower.

  • Discovering the Wallace Line

    Discovering the Wallace Line

    Activity

    This activity supports the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students are presented with a map of the Malay Archipelago and some field notebooks with observations of animals. By plotting which animals are found on which island, the students discover the Wallace Line—a sharp boundary that separates distinct Asian and Australian fauna. 

  • Holding on to Your Mother

    Holding on to Your Mother

    Image of the Week

    Infant lemurs hitch a ride through the forest by holding on to their mother’s tummy or riding piggyback.

  • Beaks As Tools: Selective Advantage in Changing Environments

    Beaks As Tools: Selective Advantage in Changing Environments

    Activity

    This classroom experiment supports the film The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch. Students collect and analyze data to learn why even slight variations in beak size can make the difference between life and death.

  • Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

    Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

    Activity

    This activity supports the film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. Students are guided to sort the lizard species by appearance, then generate a phylogenetic tree using the lizards’ DNA sequences to evaluate whether species that appear similar are closely related to each other.

  • See Your Inner Primate

    See Your Inner Primate

    Image of the Week

    The eye of a chimpanzee views the world in living color.

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