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  • 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

    This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study on how termite mounds can enhance an ecosystem’s resilience to drought.

  • WildCam Gorongosa

    WildCam Gorongosa

    Click & Learn

    This interactive module connects to an online citizen science platform for identifying animals in photos collected by trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

  • Surveying Gorongosa's Biodiversity

    Surveying Gorongosa's Biodiversity

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 24 sec) In this video, 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

    This hands-on activity allows students to build model food webs and then evaluate how ecological disturbances affect each trophic level.

  • 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) This video describes 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

    The activity introduces students to the concept of biomes, using Gorongosa National Park as a case study. Part of the activity involves exploring the Gorongosa National Park Interactive Map.

  • Coral Reefs and Global Warming

    Coral Reefs and Global Warming

    Lessons

    This activity allows students to use authentic scientific data to make claims about the threat of coral bleaching for reefs around the world.

  • 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) This video describes the work of biologists Steve Palumbi and Megan Morikawa, who use field and controlled experiments to understand the mechanisms that allow some corals to tolerate a greater amount of heat stress than other corals.

  • 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.

  • Humans, Biodiversity, and Habitat Loss

    Humans, Biodiversity, and Habitat Loss

    Science Talks

    (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

    Science Talks

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

  • The Lone Anole

    The Lone Anole

    Phenomenal Images

    Students explore a photo of an anole lizard as a phenomenon to explore adaptations and natural selection.

  • The Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment

    The Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment

    Click & Learn

    This interactive module explores key human impacts on the environment and how they have affected Earth’s landscape, ocean, atmosphere, and biodiversity.

  • Extinctions

    Extinctions

    Collection

    BioInteractive provides free classroom resources on subjects ranging from evolution to human health to the workings of the biosphere. We are pleased to offer educators materials to help you use...

  • 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) This video describes how prehistoric extinction rates are calculated from fossil data in a paleodatabase and compared to modern extinction rates.

  • 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) This video follows biologist Liz Hadly in Yellowstone National Park as she discusses how ecosystems are threatened by warming temperatures.

  • Gorongosa Timeline

    Gorongosa Timeline

    Click & Learn

    This interactive timeline explores the history of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

  • Activity for The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

    Activity for The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

    Film Activities

    This activity explores conservation biology topics presented in the short film The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa. This film tells the story of Tonga Torcida, a young man who discovers his passion for science in the newly revitalized Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

  • Gorongosa National Park Interactive Map

    Gorongosa National Park Interactive Map

    Click & Learn

    This interactive map of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique explores different features of the park’s ecosystem and conservation strategy.

  • Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

    Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

    Science Talks

    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 Films

    (34 min 22 sec) This film is set in war-torn Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, a protected area that has been the subject of a large-scale restoration project. The film 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.

  • Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab

    Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab

    Virtual Labs

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

  • Discovering the Wallace Line

    Discovering the Wallace Line

    Lessons

    This activity reinforces concepts presented in the short film The Making of a Theory. Using a map of the Malay Archipelago and information about the animals found on different islands, students discover the Wallace Line: a sharp boundary that separates distinct Asian and Australian fauna.

  • Beaks As Tools: Selective Advantage in Changing Environments

    Beaks As Tools: Selective Advantage in Changing Environments

    Labs & Demos

    This hands-on activity supports concepts covered in the short film 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

    Card Activities

    In this activity, students explore the phenomenon of convergent evolution presented in the short film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. They build and interpret phylogenetic trees to infer how certain adaptations evolved among the Anole lizard populations of the Caribbean.

  • Activity for Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

    Activity for Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

    Film Activities

    This activity explores the concepts and research on the anole lizards discussed in the short film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree, including adaptation by natural selection, convergent evolution, and the formation of new species.

  • Activity for The Beak of the Finch

    Activity for The Beak of the Finch

    Film Activities

    This activity explores the concepts and research presented in the short film The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch, which documents the main findings from four decades of investigations on the evolution of the Galápagos finches.

  • Winogradsky columns: Microbial ecology in the classroom

    Winogradsky columns: Microbial ecology in the classroom

    Labs & Demos

    This activity instructs students how to build their own Winogradsky columns, which provide visual examples of the diverse modes of metabolism in the microbial world.

  • Biodiversity and Evolutionary Trees

    Biodiversity and Evolutionary Trees

    Card Activities

    These two activities support the Click & Learn Sorting Seashells, in which students consider the morphological characteristics of seashells to construct an evolutionary tree. Students use seashell cards as a pre-activity to explore grouping organisms by shared characteristics. As a post-activity, they construct an evolutionary tree using DNA sequences.

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