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  • Mate Choice in Spiders

    Mate Choice in Spiders

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    Scientists investigated how males choose their mates in a species of sexually cannibalistic spiders.

  • Analyzing Data on Tuskless Elephants

    Analyzing Data on Tuskless Elephants

    Lessons

    In this activity, students analyze data to investigate tusklessness in elephant populations.

  • 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.

  • Serengeti Wildebeest Population Regulation

    Serengeti Wildebeest Population Regulation

    Data Points

    This activity analyzes a published scientific figure from a study in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. In this study, scientists investigated how the eradication of rinderpest disease led to a boom in the wildebeest population.

  • Salt Stress Impacts Photosynthesis in Algae

    Salt Stress Impacts Photosynthesis in Algae

    Data Points

    Scientists investigated how salt affects the photosynthetic electron transport chain in freshwater green alga.

  • 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.

  • Developing an Explanation for Mouse Fur Color

    Developing an Explanation for Mouse Fur Color

    Lessons

    In this activity, students collect and analyze evidence for each of the major conditions for evolution by natural selection to develop an explanation for how populations change over time.

  • Pelvic Evolution in Sticklebacks

    Pelvic Evolution in Sticklebacks

    Data Points

    Scientists used SNP genotyping in populations of freshwater stickleback fish to determine the genetic mutations responsible for the impaired development of pelvises and spines.

  • Central Dogma Card Activity

    Central Dogma Card Activity

    Card Activities

    In this hands-on activity students review the steps of eukaryotic gene expression and learn how this knowledge can be used to treat genetic disease.

  • New Laetoli Footprints and Hominin Body Size

    New Laetoli Footprints and Hominin Body Size

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    Scientists were excavating a site in Laetoli, Tanzania when they uncovered two new sets of hominin tracks located about 150 meters south of the tracks found by Mary Leakey in the 1970’s. They estimated the heights of the two individuals using the size and shape of the footprints.

  • Maternal Microbiota Impacts Offspring Immune System

    Maternal Microbiota Impacts Offspring Immune System

    Data Points

    This activity analyzes a published scientific figure from a study assessing if the microbiota from a mother affects the immune systems of the developing offspring.

  • 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.

  • Origins of Antibiotic Resistance

    Origins of Antibiotic Resistance

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    Scientists collected bacteria from locations that had never been exposed to humans or modern antibiotics to determine if antibiotic resistance is newly evolved since the introduction of antibiotics or has evolved independently.

  • 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.

  • What van Leeuwenhoek Saw

    What van Leeuwenhoek Saw

    Card Activities

    This hands-on activity helps students understand concepts related to building scale models by using cards of microorganisms and cells that were first visualized by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.

  • 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.

  • Using Wolbachia to Suppress Mosquito Fertility

    Using Wolbachia to Suppress Mosquito Fertility

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    In this study, researchers tested whether releasing Wolbachia-infected male Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquitoes) would suppress populations of this mosquito species in their study area.

  • Sleep Clears β-amyloid from the Brain

    Sleep Clears β-amyloid from the Brain

    Data Points

    This activity analyzes a published scientific figure from a study that investigated the biological importance of sleep. In this study, scientists tested whether sleep plays a role in removing harmful substances from the brain.

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