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  • Monkey Social Status and Immune Response

    Monkey Social Status and Immune Response

    Data Points

    Scientists studied how the dominance ranking of female rhesus macaques living in social groups affected the expression of genes linked to immune response.

  • Nature’s Cutest Symbiosis: The Bobtail Squid

    Nature’s Cutest Symbiosis: The Bobtail Squid

    Animated Shorts

    (8 min 5 sec) The bobtail squid is an underwater delicacy for many predators, so the creature found a handy superpower to stay alive: Invisibility

  • Termites Digest Wood Thanks To Microbes

    Termites Digest Wood Thanks To Microbes

    Animated Shorts

    (7 min 11 sec) The next time you spot a termite chomping down on wood, know that they’re not dining alone.

  • Benefits of Schools

    Benefits of Schools

    Phenomenal Images

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

  • How Lizards Find Their Way Home

    How Lizards Find Their Way Home

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 33 sec) This video describes the research of Dr. Manuel Leal, who is studying territorial lizards to understand how they navigate the dense forests of Puerto Rico to find their way to their home trees.

  • Studying Elephant Communication

    Studying Elephant Communication

    Scientists at Work

    (6 min 43 sec) Elephants can communicate over long distances using low-frequency sounds that travel both in the air and through the ground. Scientists are studying whether elephants can “hear” and interpret these ground vibrations.

  • Bat Echolocation

    Bat Echolocation

    Data Points

    In this study, researchers tested whether bats change their behavior while hunting based on feedback from echolocation.

  • How Animals Use Sound to Communicate

    How Animals Use Sound to Communicate

    Click & Learn

    Using elephants, finches, bats, and moths, as case studies, explore different aspects of how animals use sound to communicate.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Schooling Behavior of Stickleback Fish from Different Habitats

    Schooling Behavior of Stickleback Fish from Different Habitats

    Data Points

    A team of scientists studied the schooling behavior of threespine stickleback fish by experimentally testing how individual fish responded to an artificial fish school model.

  • 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.

  • Holiday Lecture 2004 Update—Jeff Friedman

    Holiday Lecture 2004 Update—Jeff Friedman

    Clips

    (3 min 52 sec) HHMI investigator Jeff Friedman provides an update to his 2004 lectures on obesity.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Anole Lizards: An Example of Speciation

    Anole Lizards: An Example of Speciation

    Animations

    (2 min 38 sec) This animation features the anole lizards as an example of how a single species can split and multiply into many different species with distinct traits.

  • 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.

  • Sorting Finch Species

    Sorting Finch Species

    Click & Learn

    Finches discriminate between members of their own species and those of a closely related species based on song and appearance.

  • The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

    The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

    Short Films

    (17 min 45 sec) This film explores the adaptation of anole lizards (genus Anolis) to habitats common across the islands of the Caribbean. The anoles are excellent examples of adaptive radiation, convergent evolution, and speciation through reproductive isolation.

  • The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

    The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

    Short Films

    (15 min 54 sec) This film explores four decades of research on the evolution of Galápagos finches, which has illuminated how species form and diversify.

  • Factors That Affect the Mosquito Life Cycle

    Factors That Affect the Mosquito Life Cycle

    Labs & Demos

    In this lab activity, students rear mosquitoes to test variables that might affect the mosquito life cycle.

  • The Mosquito Life Cycle Activity

    The Mosquito Life Cycle Activity

    Lessons

    In this activity, students study the mosquito life cycle by breeding and observing them and then demonstrate how these data could be used to inform public policy.

  • The Mosquito Life Cycle

    The Mosquito Life Cycle

    Clips

    (1 min 7 sec) To prevent mosquitoes from spreading diseases, it's essential to understand their life cycle.

  • Symbiotic Bioluminescence

    Symbiotic Bioluminescence

    Click & Learn

    Explore the biology of the symbiotic relationship between the Hawaiian Bobtail squid and bioluminescent bacteria Vibrio fischeri.

  • Cone Snails: Versatile Hunters

    Cone Snails: Versatile Hunters

    Clips

    (13 min 39 sec) Dr. Jason Biggs of the University of Guam Marine Laboratory discusses the anatomy of cone snails and introduces us to a variety of cone snail species with different tactics to hunt and capture their prey.

  • Conus catus strikes a fish

    Conus catus strikes a fish

    Clips

    (1 min 11 sec) A fish-hunting cone snail strikes its prey with a venomous harpoon, causes paralysis, and eats it.

  • Bobtail squid swimming and burrowing

    Bobtail squid swimming and burrowing

    Clips

    (1 min 3 sec) The bobtail squid swims during the night to hunt. During the day, it burrows to hide from predators.

  • Neural Control of Walking and Running

    Neural Control of Walking and Running

    Click & Learn

    This interactive module explores the different gaits employed by animals and how the nervous system is able to switch between gaits.

  • Mice navigate a Barnes maze to test spatial learning

    Mice navigate a Barnes maze to test spatial learning

    Clips

    (2 min 15 sec) Mice can be trained to use spatial cues to navigate a maze that tests their ability to remember specific locations.

  • Muscle activity during walking and hopping

    Muscle activity during walking and hopping

    Clips

    (45 sec) Electrical activity recorded from the leg muscles reveals different patterns of activation during different gaits.

  • Computer analysis of human movement

    Computer analysis of human movement

    Clips

    (56 sec) Dr. Jessell's leg muscle activation patterns are recorded during walking.

  • Aplysia's gill-withdrawal reflex and sensitization

    Aplysia's gill-withdrawal reflex and sensitization

    Clips

    (1 min 25 sec) A touch to the Aplysia's siphon causes a gill withdrawal, a simple reflex for studying memory.

  • Fruit Fly Courtship

    Fruit Fly Courtship

    Clips

    (55 sec) Male courtship dances in two fruit fly species show that the wing spots play a prominent role.

  • Leptin Feedback Control System

    Leptin Feedback Control System

    Animations

    (1 min 1 sec) Demonstrates how changes in the amount of fat tissue lead to changes in leptin levels and thus changes in appetite.

  • Are You a Morning or an Evening Person?

    Are You a Morning or an Evening Person?

    Click & Learn

    This survey, developed by Horne and Ostberg, will let you determine if you are a morning or an evening person.

  • Transgenic Fly Virtual Lab

    Transgenic Fly Virtual Lab

    Virtual Labs

    The lab will familiarize you with the science and techniques used to make transgenic flies to study circadian rhythms.

  • The Drosophila Molecular Clock Model

    The Drosophila Molecular Clock Model

    Animations

    (7 min 35 sec) Watch these animations display the dynamic orchestration of the molecular events of the Drosophila biological clock.

  • Measuring Circadian Activity in Drosophila

    Measuring Circadian Activity in Drosophila

    Animations

    (2 min 3 sec) This animation series shows four experiments that compare the activity patterns of a wild-type fly keeping a normal schedule with those of a mutant fly apparently following a 19-hour internal clock.

  • The Mammalian Molecular Clock Model

    The Mammalian Molecular Clock Model

    Animations

    (3 min 41 sec) This animation shows the molecular interactions involved in the negative feedback loop responsible for circadian rhythms in mammals.

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