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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.

  • A Wasp Mom’s Gift: Blankets of Bacteria

    A Wasp Mom’s Gift: Blankets of Bacteria

    Feature Film

    (9 min 10 sec) You don’t want to be a honeybee when the beewolf is on the prowl.

  • Mosquitoes Might SAVE Lives, Thanks To Bacteria

    Mosquitoes Might SAVE Lives, Thanks To Bacteria

    Feature Film

    (9 min 4 sec) Dengue fever is a deadly mosquito-borne virus that plagues the earth, but science is inching closer to an unlikely solution: bacteria.

  • 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.

  • Termites Digest Wood Thanks To Microbes

    Termites Digest Wood Thanks To Microbes

    Feature Film

    (7 min 11 sec) The next time you spot a termite chomping down on wood, know that they’re not dining alone.

  • Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

    Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

    Activity

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

  • Friend and Foe

    Friend and Foe

    Image of the Week

    Endosymbiotic Wolbachia bacteria inhabit the germline tissue of the parasitic nematode, Brugia pahangi.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Studying Elephant Communication

    Studying Elephant Communication

    Scientists at Work

    (6 min 43 sec) Elephants can communicate over long distances using low-frequency sounds that travel both in the air and through the ground. Scientists are studying whether elephants can “hear” and interpret these ground vibrations.

  • Bat Echolocation

    Bat Echolocation

    Data Point

    In this study, researchers tested whether bats change their behavior while hunting based on feedback from echolocation.

  • How Animals Use Sound to Communicate

    How Animals Use Sound to Communicate

    Click & Learn

    Using elephants, finches, bats, and moths, as case studies, explore different aspects of how animals use sound to communicate.

  • Selection for Tuskless Elephants

    Selection for Tuskless Elephants

    Scientists at Work

    (6 min 39 sec) Working in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Dr. Joyce Poole and colleagues made a striking observation: many female elephants lack tusks.

  • 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.

  • Survey Methods

    Survey Methods

    Click & Learn

    In this interactive, students explore the methods scientists use to survey elephants and learn about the current state of the elephant population in Africa.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Building Ecological Pyramids

    Building Ecological Pyramids

    Activity

    In this activity, students will build biomass pyramids depicting trophic levels of various habitat types 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.

  • Effects of Predation on the Niche of Lizards

    Effects of Predation on the Niche of Lizards

    Data Point

    A team of scientists studied the effects of introducing a lizard predator on the food webs of a group of small islands in the Bahamas.

  • Termite Activity Enhances Ecosystem Productivity and Stability

    Termite Activity Enhances Ecosystem Productivity and Stability

    Animation

    Termite activity increases soil moisture and nutrient accumulation, strengthening African savanna ecosystems.

  • Bioinspired by Seahorse Tails

    Bioinspired by Seahorse Tails

    Image of the Week

    The flexibility of the seahorse’s armored tail is inspiring novel designs with biomedical and architectural applications.

  • 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.

  • 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 5 - Tracking Lion Communities

    Lesson 5 - Tracking Lion Communities

    Activity

    For this lesson, students will watch the video “Tracking Lion Recovery in Gorongosa National Park” and complete a worksheet.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mozambique Mounds

    Mozambique Mounds

    Image of the Week

    Termite mounds in central Mozambique appear as regularly spaced islands of dark-green vegetation in a sea of grassland. 

  • 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.

  • Cracking the Hardest Nut

    Cracking the Hardest Nut

    Image of the Week

    The Large Ground-Finch (Geospiza magnirostris) has the largest beak of all Darwin’s finches on the Galápagos Islands.

  • Fungus-Cultivating Termites of the African Savanna — Ecosystem Engineers

    Fungus-Cultivating Termites of the African Savanna — Ecosystem Engineers

    Poster

    The poster for the 2015 Holiday Lectures on Science, Patterns and Processes in Ecology, illustrates how termites enhance the productivity and stability of African savanna ecosystems.

  • School's Back!

    School's Back!

    Image of the Week

    Golden shiner fish (Notemigonus crysoleucas) stay in school for the shade.

  • 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.

  • Beak of the Finch Film With Quiz

    Beak of the Finch Film With Quiz

    Interactive Video

    (15 min 54 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film on the evolution of the finch species found on the Galápagos Islands.

  • Sand Flea Fireworks

    Sand Flea Fireworks

    Image of the Week

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

  • Tick Hiker

    Tick Hiker

    Image of the Week

    An adult female Blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), commonly known as the deer tick, awaits passing wildlife. 

  • 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.

  • The Art of Hiding

    The Art of Hiding

    Image of the Week

    Animal mimics evolved markings that make them look either like other animals or inanimate objects.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Synchronized Division

    Synchronized Division

    Image of the Week

    The early embryonic cells of the sand dollar are caught in the act of synchronized cell division.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Darwin the Entomologist

    Darwin the Entomologist

    Image of the Week

    As a student of divinity at Cambridge University, Charles Darwin was an enthusiastic collector of beetles

  • 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.

  • Host to Thousands

    Host to Thousands

    Image of the Week

    A freshwater snail infected with thousands of blood flukes will release the disease-causing parasites into the water where they can infect humans.

  • Vertebrate Circulatorium

    Vertebrate Circulatorium

    Click & Learn

    Compare and contrast the anatomy of the heart and the circulatory systems of major vertebrate groups and gain insights into their evolution.

  • Your Turkey’s Ancestors

    Your Turkey’s Ancestors

    Image of the Week

    A reconstruction of Anchiornis huxleyi, a feathered dinosaur that is part of the ancestral lineage of birds.

  • 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.

  • Coral Bleaching

    Coral Bleaching

    Animation

    (3 min 48 sec) Zoom into a coral reef and discover photosynthetic algae inside the coral’s cells. Reef-building corals rely on these symbionts for their survival.

  • Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

    Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

    Image of the Week

    Two views of a late pupa of an unidentified midge species (family Chironomidae).

  • 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.

  • Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible

    Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible

    Animated Short

    (6 min 31 sec) This animated feature celebrates 17th-century citizen-scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, whose discoveries of microbes changed our view of the biological world. Also available in Spanish.

  • Counting the Chirps of Fall

    Counting the Chirps of Fall

    Image of the Week

    A close-up view of the sound-producing structure on the wing of a field cricket (Gryllus pennsylvanicus).

  • Biodiversity Rediscovered

    Biodiversity Rediscovered

    Image of the Week

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

  • Animalcules with Wheels

    Animalcules with Wheels

    Image of the Week

    Dutch draper Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632–1723) built microscopes that allowed him to observe never-before-seen microorganisms, including this rotifer. He called them “animalcules.”  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dinner Date

    Dinner Date

    Image of the Week

    The male peacock spider performs a spectacular dance to attract a mate—but the female is not always impressed.

  • 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.

  • Good Moms Come in All Shapes and Sizes

    Good Moms Come in All Shapes and Sizes

    Image of the Week

    Female peacock spiders stay with their young in an egg sac until they can fend for themselves. 

  • These Limbs Are Made for Walkin'...

    These Limbs Are Made for Walkin'...

    Image of the Week

    ... but that's not all they'll do. Several genes determine the diverse shapes and functions of crustacean appendages. 

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