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  • Vertebrate Declines and the Sixth Mass Extinction

    Vertebrate Declines and the Sixth Mass Extinction

    Data Point

    In this study, researchers measured species population declines on a global scale that may contribute to the sixth mass extinction.

  • BiomeViewer

    BiomeViewer

    Click & Learn

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

  • Microbial Community Response to an Oil Spill

    Microbial Community Response to an Oil Spill

    Data Point

    Researchers monitored the succession of the microbial community in the Gulf of Mexico using data from before, during, and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • 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. 

  • Ecology, Food Webs, and the Chesapeake Bay

    Ecology, Food Webs, and the Chesapeake Bay

    Lecture

    (49 min 3 sec) A discussion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, its complex food web, and the challenges of conserving and restoring the bay.

  • Snail Fronts and Salt Marsh Die-Offs

    Snail Fronts and Salt Marsh Die-Offs

    Data Point

    Researchers studied whether periwinkle snail fronts expand mudflats and contribute to salt marsh die-offs.

  • Lionfish Invasion

    Lionfish Invasion

    Image of the Week

    Two species of lionfish, the red lionfish (Pterois volitans) and the common lionfish (Pterois miles), have been established as invasive species off the East Coast of the United States and in the Caribbean.

  • Tracking Global Changes in Forest Cover

    Tracking Global Changes in Forest Cover

    Data Point

    Researchers used satellite imagery analyze the amount of forest that was lost annually across the globe between 2000 and 2012.

  • Middle School

    Middle School

    Collection

    A small selection of our multimedia resources that will enhance your teaching of middle school life and earth science classes. They include engaging, high-quality animation, hands-on activities,...

  • Relish the Cranberry

    Relish the Cranberry

    Image of the Week

    Most of the cranberries used for Thanksgiving dinner are “wet harvested” by flooding cranberry marshes.

  • Mass Extinctions: Lessons from the Past

    Mass Extinctions: Lessons from the Past

    Apps and eBooks

    Examine the history and causes of past mass extinctions, and the evidence for whether we are facing a sixth mass extinction, with this interactive eBook.

  • Dead Zones in Coastal Ecosystems

    Dead Zones in Coastal Ecosystems

    Data Point

    Researchers overlaid the locations of more than 400 hypoxic systems linked to eutrophication on a map of the global “human footprint.”

  • 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.

  • Ocean Acidification

    Ocean Acidification

    Activity

    In this hands-on activity, students simulate the effects of decreasing pH caused by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  • Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    Data Point

    Charles David Keeling began measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in 1958 at the Mauna Loa observatory on the big island of Hawaii.  This graph shows atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration in parts per million (ppm) by volume from 1958 to 2016. Worksheet also available in Spanish.

  • 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.

  • Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

    Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

    Feature Film

    Five times in Earth’s past, the vast majority of plant and animal species have been annihilated in a geologic instant. What triggered these dramatic events, and what might they tell us about the fate of our world?

  • Surveying Gorongosa's Biodiversity

    Surveying Gorongosa's Biodiversity

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 24 sec) Biologists Piotr Naskrecki and Jennifer Guyton identify and record the diversity of species in Gorongosa National Park’s Cheringoma Plateau.

  • Tracking Lion Recovery in Gorongosa National Park

    Tracking Lion Recovery in Gorongosa National Park

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 58 sec) See how scientists in Gorongosa National Park are using GPS satellite collars and motion-sensitive cameras to gather data about the recovery of the park’s lion population.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Saving Biodiversity Discussion

    Saving Biodiversity Discussion

    Lecture

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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Gorongosa: Restoring Mozambique’s National Treasure

    Gorongosa: Restoring Mozambique’s National Treasure

    Activity

    This article by Gorongosa National Project staff explains the project’s history, mission, and future goals.

  • 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.

  • EarthViewer Climate Guide Activity

    EarthViewer Climate Guide Activity

    Activity

    This student worksheet highlights climate concepts in the EarthViewer app.

  • Earth Systems Activity

    Earth Systems Activity

    Activity

    This activity guides students through building a conceptual model of how carbon dioxide affects Earth's climate

  • Classroom Activities: What is My Carbon Footprint?

    Classroom Activities: What is My Carbon Footprint?

    Activity

    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. Also available in Spanish.

  • Dramatic Retreat of Arctic Sea Ice in 2012

    Dramatic Retreat of Arctic Sea Ice in 2012

    Animation

    (26 sec) Arctic sea ice melted on an unprecedented scale in 2012, opening up the fabled Northwest and Northeast passages.

  • Greenhouse Effect

    Greenhouse Effect

    Animation

    (2 min 14 sec) Sunlight that warms Earth is re-emitted as infrared radiation, which is absorbed by greenhouse gases and causes further warming.

  • Climate Discussion with Students

    Climate Discussion with Students

    Lecture

    (58 min 23 sec) A discussion on climate change with the students attending the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science.

  • Climate Change: How Do We Know We're Not Wrong?

    Climate Change: How Do We Know We're Not Wrong?

    Lecture

    (58 min 29 sec) 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.

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