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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

    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.

  • 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) This video describes how indigenous communities from the tropical rainforest of Darién, Panama, use drones to map their lands. The communities use these maps to protect their territories from outside incursions and to design sustainable land-use plans.

  • 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.

  • 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

    (6 min 40 sec) This video describes a large-scale project to restore the wildlife of Gorongosa National Park. The video highlights the project’s approach of combining traditional conservation biology 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

    In this activity, students use cards to build model food webs and evaluate how ecological disturbances affect each trophic level using information from the citizen science website WildCam Darién.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Resistance to Coral Bleaching

    Resistance to Coral Bleaching

    Data Points

    This activity analyzes a published scientific figure from a study that tested whether corals can become more resistant to bleaching.

  • Niche Partitioning and Species Coexistence

    Niche Partitioning and Species Coexistence

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 14 sec) This video describes the cutting-edge method of DNA metabarcoding and how it is used to study how animals partition resources in a shared habitat.

  • Analyzing Patterns in the Savanna Landscape

    Analyzing Patterns in the Savanna Landscape

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 57 sec) This video showcases the work of mathematician-turned-biologist Dr. Corina Tarnita, who uses quantitative approaches to understand the role of termite mounds in the savanna ecosystem.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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) Prehistoric extinction rates are calculated from fossil data in a paleodatabase and compared to today’s extinction rate.

  • 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.

  • Beaks As Tools: Selective Advantage in Changing Environments

    Beaks As Tools: Selective Advantage in Changing Environments

    Labs & Demos

    This classroom experiment supports the film The Origin of Species: 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.

  • 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.

  • Film Guides: The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

    Film Guides: The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

    Film Activities

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch. By following four decades of research on the finches of the Galápagos islands, the film illustrates how geography and ecology can drive the evolution of new species.

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