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  • White-Nose Syndrome

    White-Nose Syndrome

    Phenomenal Images

    Students explore images of bats with an infectious fungal disease as phenomena to learn about population dynamics and disease impacts.

  • White-Nose Syndrome in Bat Populations

    White-Nose Syndrome in Bat Populations

    Data Points

    Scientists modeled the impact of an infectious fungal disease on a bat population.

  • Developing an Explanation for Tuskless Elephants

    Developing an Explanation for Tuskless Elephants

    Lessons

    In this activity, students use scientific evidence and reasoning to construct an explanation of and develop an argument for tusklessness in elephant populations.

  • Baboon Longevity Under Adversity

    Baboon Longevity Under Adversity

    Data Points

    Scientists studied how adversity early in life impacts the long-term survival of baboons.

  • The Wolves of Isle Royale

    The Wolves of Isle Royale

    Phenomenal Images

    Students explore photos of wolves hunting a moose on Isle Royale as phenomena to explore the effects of predation on population dynamics.

  • Cougars and Trees in a Trophic Cascade

    Cougars and Trees in a Trophic Cascade

    Data Points

    In Zion National Park, scientists studied the effects of tourism on cougars and cottonwood trees.

  • Exploring Biomass Pyramids

    Exploring Biomass Pyramids

    Click & Learn

    Explore biomass and energy pyramids in a virtual river based on authentic data

  • Serengeti Wildebeest Population Regulation

    Serengeti Wildebeest Population Regulation

    Data Points

    In Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, scientists investigated how the eradication of rinderpest disease led to the wildebeest population boom. Worksheets also available in Spanish.

  • Winogradsky Column: Microbial Ecology in a Bottle

    Winogradsky Column: Microbial Ecology in a Bottle

    Click & Learn

    Explore this virtual Winogradsky column to learn about the diversity of microbes, microbial metabolic strategies, and geochemical gradients found in sediments.

  • Age Structure of Ebola Outbreaks

    Age Structure of Ebola Outbreaks

    Data Points

    Scientists analyzed demographics, including sex and age, of the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease during seven outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • Mapping the Darién Gap

    Mapping the Darién Gap

    Scientists at Work

    (10 min 35 sec) Indigenous communities from the tropical rainforest of Darién, Panama use drones to map their land to protect it from outside threats and to make sustainable land use plans. Also available in Spanish.

  • Film Guide for Nature’s Cutest Symbiosis: The Bobtail Squid

    Film Guide for Nature’s Cutest Symbiosis: The Bobtail Squid

    Film Activities

    The following classroom-ready resources complement the film Nature’s Cutest Symbiosis: The Bobtail Squid. It tells the story of the how the bobtail squid evolved to be able to avoid predators with the help of microbes.

  • Scientific Inquiry and Data Analysis Using WildCam Gorongosa

    Scientific Inquiry and Data Analysis Using WildCam Gorongosa

    Lessons

    In this activity, students will be guided through making observations from trail camera data in Gorongosa National Park, the development and investigation of a scientifically testable research question, and analysis of their results.

  • Biodiversity Studies in Gorongosa

    Biodiversity Studies in Gorongosa

    Lessons

    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, and then investigate the impact of human activity in these habitats.

  • Film Guide for Termites Digest Wood Thanks to Microbes

    Film Guide for Termites Digest Wood Thanks to Microbes

    Film Activities

    The following classroom-ready resources complement the film Termites Digest Wood Thanks To Microbes. It tells the story of the how termites evolved with the help of microbes passed down through a social behavior which enables them to digest wood.

  • A World Without Microbes: An Apocalyptic Thought Experiment

    A World Without Microbes: An Apocalyptic Thought Experiment

    Animated Shorts

    (7 min 1 sec) A world without microbes seems at first like a utopia without bacterial infections, mildew, or mold. But let’s take a deeper look.

  • Solving Crimes with the NECROBIOME

    Solving Crimes with the NECROBIOME

    Animated Shorts

    (7 min 10 sec) We can’t talk to the dead, but in their own way, the dead can speak to us.

  • Film Guide for How Tube Worms Survive at Hydrothermal Vents

    Film Guide for How Tube Worms Survive at Hydrothermal Vents

    Film Activities

    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.

  • Think Like a Scientist: Gorongosa

    Think Like a Scientist: Gorongosa

    Scientists at Work

    This short video tells the story of how a large-scale project to restore the wildlife of Gorongosa National Park began and describes the project’s approach of combining traditional conservation biology methods with solutions for addressing challenges in the community.

  • 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.

  • Living Together

    Living Together

    Phenomenal Images

    Students explore photos of bobtail squid as phenomena to explore symbiosis and species interactions.

  • Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Lessons

    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

    Animated Shorts

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

  • Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

    Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

    Card Activities

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

  • Vertebrate Declines and the Sixth Mass Extinction

    Vertebrate Declines and the Sixth Mass Extinction

    Data Points

    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.

  • 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.

  • Predator-Prey Relationship Dynamics

    Predator-Prey Relationship Dynamics

    Data Points

    In a study in Greenland, scientists examined whether changes in population densities of Arctic fox are related to changes in population densities of its main prey, the lemming.

  • Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Lessons

    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.

  • Microbial Community Response to an Oil Spill

    Microbial Community Response to an Oil Spill

    Data Points

    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.

  • Population Dynamics

    Population Dynamics

    Click & Learn

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

  • Benefits of Schools

    Benefits of Schools

    Phenomenal Images

    Students explore photos of animals in groups as phenomena to explore animal behavior concepts.

  • 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.

  • Modeling Trophic Cascades

    Modeling Trophic Cascades

    Card Activities

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

  • 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.

  • Riverine Food Webs – How Flow Rates Affect Biomass

    Riverine Food Webs – How Flow Rates Affect Biomass

    Scientists at Work

    (9 min 15 sec) Ecologist Mary Power studies the Eel River in Northern California to figure out the connection between river flows and biodiversity.

  • Ecology, Food Webs, and the Chesapeake Bay

    Ecology, Food Webs, and the Chesapeake Bay

    Science Talks

    (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 Points

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

  • Tracking Global Changes in Forest Cover

    Tracking Global Changes in Forest Cover

    Data Points

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

  • Middle School Life Science

    Middle School Life Science

    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,...

  • Climate Stress and Coastal Food Webs

    Climate Stress and Coastal Food Webs

    Science Talks

    (43 min 18 sec) We are in the midst of a major die-off of coastal wetlands – what is to blame?

  • Floods, Droughts, and Food Chains

    Floods, Droughts, and Food Chains

    Science Talks

    (44 min 27 sec) How a river's community of herbivores and predators is affected by changes in river flow.

  • Untangling Salt Marsh Food Webs

    Untangling Salt Marsh Food Webs

    Science Talks

    (45 min 16 sec) The revelation that salt marshes are controlled by top-down forces of herbivores and other consumers.

  • Trophic Cascades in Rivers

    Trophic Cascades in Rivers

    Science Talks

    (44 min 27 sec) How fishes in a river ecosystem play a critical role in forming the aquascape.

  • 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.

  • Ecology of Rivers and Coasts—Food Webs and Human Impacts

    Ecology of Rivers and Coasts—Food Webs and Human Impacts

    Science Talks

    Two leading ecologists describe the complex interactions between species and their environment in aquatic ecosystems. 

  • The Great Elephant Census Modeling Activity

    The Great Elephant Census Modeling Activity

    Labs & Demos

    In this classroom activity, students will model two types of counting methods, sample counts and total counts, to determine population size. 

  • 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.

  • Dead Zones in Coastal Ecosystems

    Dead Zones in Coastal Ecosystems

    Data Points

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

  • Exploring Trophic Cascades

    Exploring Trophic Cascades

    Click & Learn

    This interactive explores examples of what can happen when there are changes in the population size of one species in an ecosystem. How are species at other trophic levels affected? How does the ecosystem change?

  • Film Guide for Some Animals are More Equal than Others

    Film Guide for Some Animals are More Equal than Others

    Film Activities

    The following classroom-ready resources complement the film Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others: Trophic Cascades and Keystone Species. It tells the story of the bold experiments by Robert Paine and James Estes, which established the importance of keystone species in regulating ecological communities and the cascades of effects set in motion by their removal.

  • Using Genetic Evidence to Identify Ivory Poaching Hotspots

    Using Genetic Evidence to Identify Ivory Poaching Hotspots

    Data Points

    A team of scientists analyzed the DNA from seized ivory to determine where the ivory from poached elephants came from.

  • CSI Wildlife

    CSI Wildlife

    Click & Learn

    In this interactive, students use DNA profiling, or fingerprinting, to solve two cases of elephant poaching. In the process they will learn about genetic markers, PCR, gel electrophoresis, allele frequencies, and population genetics.

  • 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.

  • The Great Elephant Census

    The Great Elephant Census

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 23 sec) How many African elephants are left and where are they? This video follows the work of researchers conducting the first census of African savanna elephants in over 40 years and the methods they are using to obtain accurate, up-to-date numbers across the continent. 

  • Elephants

    Elephants

    Collection

    Students will learn about DNA profiling (or fingerprinting), how population sizes are measured, genetic bottlenecks, and how sound travels, as they explore several interactives and videos based on...

  • Niche Partitioning Activity

    Niche Partitioning Activity

    Lessons

    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.

  • Metabarcoding

    Metabarcoding

    Clips

    (3 min 38 sec) Dr. Rob Pringle introduces a new method of studying herbivore diets by extracting plant DNA from animal dung.

  • Niche Partitioning

    Niche Partitioning

    Clips

    (4 min 13 sec) Dr. Rob Pringle introduces the concept of niche partitioning with examples drawn from the African savanna.

  • 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. 

  • Some Animals Are More Equal than Others: Keystone Species and Trophic Cascades

    Some Animals Are More Equal than Others: Keystone Species and Trophic Cascades

    Short Films

    (19 min 29 sec) Keystone species and trophic cascades are fundamental concepts in ecology. This short film tells the story of how these concepts were first established through the pioneering experiments of two young researchers: Robert Paine and James Estes.

  • Building Ecological Pyramids

    Building Ecological Pyramids

    Lessons

    In this activity, students will build biomass pyramids depicting trophic levels of various habitat types using data from trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park.

  • Student Discussion on Patterns and Processes in Ecology

    Student Discussion on Patterns and Processes in Ecology

    Science Talks

    (56 min 17 sec) The 2015 Holiday Lecture discussion session.

  • Effects of Predation on the Niche of Lizards

    Effects of Predation on the Niche of Lizards

    Data Points

    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.

  • Slug Power

    Slug Power

    Phenomenal Images

    Students explore photos of a sea slug and chloroplasts as phenomena to explore photosynthesis concepts.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Termite Activity Enhances Ecosystem Productivity and Stability

    Termite Activity Enhances Ecosystem Productivity and Stability

    Animations

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

  • Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Shorts

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

  • 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.

  • Resistance to Coral Bleaching

    Resistance to Coral Bleaching

    Data Points

    To test whether corals can become more resistant to bleaching, Dr. Steve Palumbi and colleagues performed a series of experiments in the U.S. National Park of American Samoa off of Ofu Island. Worksheets also available in Spanish.

  • Gorongosa's Water Cycle

    Gorongosa's Water Cycle

    Animations

    (2 min 15 sec) This animation illustrates the main stages of the water cycle in the setting of Gorongosa National Park.

  • 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.

  • Analyzing Patterns in the Savanna Landscape

    Analyzing Patterns in the Savanna Landscape

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 57 sec) Mathematician-turned biologist Dr. Corina Tarnita describes the importance of termite mounds in a savanna ecosystem. Also available in Spanish.

  • The Science of Camera Traps

    The Science of Camera Traps

    Science Talks

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

  • Conserving and Restoring Ecosystems

    Conserving and Restoring Ecosystems

    Science Talks

    (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?"

  • Communities as Ecological Networks

    Communities as Ecological Networks

    Science Talks

    (41 min 18 sec) Ecosystems include complex interactions between animals and plants, which can be measured experimentally and investigated using mathematical models.

  • Modeling Populations and Species Interactions

    Modeling Populations and Species Interactions

    Science Talks

    (30 min 38 sec) Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique provides several examples for how to model the growth of animal populations and then check the models against actual data. 

  • How Species Coexist

    How Species Coexist

    Science Talks

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

  • Patterns in Nature

    Patterns in Nature

    Science Talks

    (35 min 51 sec) Regular spatial patterns abound in natural systems. Understanding how patterns arise in ecosystems provides insights into how these ecosystems function.

  • Africa's Savanna Ecosystems

    Africa's Savanna Ecosystems

    Science Talks

    (24 min 56 sec) Savannas cover 20 percent of Earth’s surface and much of Africa. The patterns and processes that occur in this globally important biome illustrate core concepts in ecology.

  • Patterns and Processes in Ecology

    Patterns and Processes in Ecology

    Science Talks

    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.

  • Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Data Points

    Dr. Corina Tarnita and colleagues studied how a pattern of termite mounds across a dryland ecosystem enhances resilience against desertification.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Creating Chains and Webs to Model Ecological Relationships

    Creating Chains and Webs to Model Ecological Relationships

    Card Activities

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

  • Ecology

    Ecology

    Collection

    BioInteractive offers many great resources for teaching ecology, including short films, lecture series, animations, and classroom activities.

  • 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 is...

  • Exploring Biomes in Gorongosa National Park

    Exploring Biomes in Gorongosa National Park

    Lessons

    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

  • Coral Bleaching Activity

    Coral Bleaching Activity

    Lessons

    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. Also available in Spanish.

  • 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

    Science Talks

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

  • Dodging Extinction

    Dodging Extinction

    Science Talks

    (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

    Science Talks

    (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

    Science Talks

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

  • Rescuing Species

    Rescuing Species

    Science Talks

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

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