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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.

  • Model Microbiome

    Model Microbiome

    Image of the Week

    A section of the colon of a germ-free mouse colonized with fifteen different species of bacteria characteristic of the human gut.

  • Sharing Germs

    Sharing Germs

    Image of the Week

    Young green iguanas feed on the droppings of their elders in order to collect bacteria that enable them to digest plants.

  • Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Activity

    In this activity, students use data from published studies to understand patterns of seed dispersal and apply these ideas to the design of a conservation area.

  • 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.

  • Fountains of Life

    Fountains of Life

    Image of the Week

    Densely packed endosymbiotic bacteria (Endoriftia persephone) in the trophosome of a tube worm living in a deep-sea hydrothermal vent.

  • 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.

  • Snow Seeds

    Snow Seeds

    Image of the Week

    Snowflakes are generated when ice builds up on either dust particles or microorganisms in the atmosphere.

  • 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.

  • Eating Wood

    Eating Wood

    Image of the Week

    A soldier Dampwood termite (Zootermopsis nevadensis) in a nest gallery.

  • With A Little Help From My Microbiome

    With A Little Help From My Microbiome

    Image of the Week

    Koalas are able to spend most of their lives in the relative safety of eucalypt trees by virtue of a digestive system adapted to eating their leaves.

  • Fellow Travelers

    Fellow Travelers

    Image of the Week

    The human body is home to some thirty-nine trillion microbes that live in or on it.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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