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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources

The Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources collection is comprised of web portals, web sites, and individual digital resources in many areas of the biological and life sciences, including agriculture, botany, ecology, genetics, microbiology, natural history, marine biology, zoology, and others. Here may be found educational materials for life science educators and learners (prekindergarten through graduate school), resources intended for the general public, and materials aimed at biological sciences research communities.

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Andean Botanical Information System
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The Andean Botanical Information System (ABIS) provides information about the flowering plants (phanerogams) of Andean South America. Materials include information on the environments of the Andes Mountains and a gallery of images of plants (by family) distributed in the Andes of Peru and Chile. There is also information on a research database that provides access to collection-label data of South American Andean plants for taxonomic purposes. The specimen-label information from over 7500 collections from coastal Chile and Peru have been electronically captured and are available in checklists. Other materials include a biography of J. Francis MacBride, who performed groundbreaking research on the flora of Peru, a bibliography of additions to the Andean flora, and information on related resources. The site is available in both English and Spanish.

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Dillon, Michael O.
Hensold, Nancy.
Project Coordinator and Investigator: Michael O. Dillon (Curator of Phanerogams, Department of Botany, The Field Museum)
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08/24/2003
As Many Exceptions As Rules
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As Many Exceptions as Rules is a STEM science teaching blog resource that focuses on biology core concepts. To increase student engagement in this field, it reinforces core concepts in biology using fascinating examples of organisms that do not follow established biological rules. Through these exceptions, knowledge of core concepts are redefined and strengthened without focusing exclusively on the overused examples and mundane teaching patterns. A more detailed rationale for the form of the blog is given in the initial post. Each story is explained in plain English, with definitions and etymology of important terms. Teaching resources, including classroom activities and laboratories are included in each post.

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Education
Life Science
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NSDL Staff
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Author:
Mark E. Lasbury
Date Added:
10/21/2011
Avibase: The World Bird Database
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This database provides information on all birds of the world, featuring information on thousands of species and subspecies of birds such as taxonomy, names and synonyms in various languages, photos, distribution maps, and links to additional information from other websites. The database is searchable by keyword or term, exact name, language, year of publication, and other parameters. There is also a search by taxonomic family, a set of checklists by geographic region, and a blog for ornithological discussions.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Denis Lepage
Date Added:
10/21/2014
BacterioFiles
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Bacteriofiles is a free podcast to help spark student interest in science and microbiology. The podcast reports on exciting news about bacteria, microbes and viruses. It explains the connections between the research and how it may affect our lives. It is designed to be interesting and entertaining. For example, recent episode topics have included: Interesting organisms found living in acid, a cocaine overdose treatment from bacteria, a bacteria that can fight cancer and microbes living in a lake of asphalt.

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Life Science
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Reading
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Jesse Noar
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Bilbao Crystallographic Server
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The Bilbao Crystallographic Server provides access to crystallographic programs, tools, and databases. The tools are grouped according to type: space groups retrieval; group-subgroup relations of space groups; representation theory applications; solid state theory applications; structure utilities; and subperiodic groups (layer, rod, and frieze groups retrieval tools). The Incommensurate Crystal Structure Database (ICSDB) provides access to four categories of data: general (chemical information and publication data); average structure (cell, symmetry, atom sites, and experimental data for the average structure); modulated structure (cell, symmetry, atom sites, and experimental data for the modulated structure); and modulation parameters (descriptions of the modulation, wave vectors, and atom sites modulations).

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Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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10/31/2014
Biodiversity of the Hengduan Mountains
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This site provides data on plants and fungi from the Hengduan Mountains and adjacent areas of south-central China, including the Gaoligong Mountains and Tibetan Himalaya. The data were derived from georeferenced collections made on recent expeditions (1984-present) to the region, and include specimens with DNA tissue. Users can browse specimens by name; search by taxon, collector number, or date; or browse collecting localities in the database using Google Earth (TM). There is also information on expeditions and personnel, the Biodiversity of the Eastern Himalaya project, an image gallery, a multilingual gazetteer and thesaurus, and a map showing the historic Tibetan provinces of the region.

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Life Science
Geoscience
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Data Set
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Author:
David E. Boufford, Harvard University Herbaria
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Borealforest.org
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This site provides information on boreal forests (or taiga) of the world, with a focus on forests and the forest industry of Northwestern Ontario. A general discussion of boreal forests covers their geographic distribution, climate, soils, plant and animal species; management and sustainability; and the role of science and technology in boreal forest management. There is also information specific to the boreal forests of Northwestern Ontario (history, climate, communities, tourism and recreation, ecological studies, policy and legislation), and information on the forest industry in Northwestern Ontario (lumber, pulp and paper, wood veneer, panelling). The educational resources page features more detailed information on the plants and animals in Northwestern Ontario forests, glossaries of forestry-related terms, and curriculum materials on the forestry industry, paper manufacturing, and environmental issues surrounding the industry.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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04/23/2002
Carnivorous Plants and Their Habitats
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This image gallery provides photos of carnivorous plants shown in their natural habitats. The photos are arranged by genus and by geographic region. Each image is accompanied by a brief caption including genus, species, and location. There is also a specialized gallery featuring carnivorous plants of Europe, a discussion on how to cultivate these plants in vitro, and a brief bibliography of publications on carnivorous plants by the site's creator, Dr. Joachim Nerz.

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Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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Dr. Joachim Nerz
Date Added:
06/18/2002
Cinelectures for Introductory Biology
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Cinelectures for Introductory Biology is a YouTube channel containing a series of online, cinematic lectures covering basic chemistry for biology, metabolism, cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology. Many of these cinelectures incorporate videos, illustrations, and animations.

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Life Science
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Lecture
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
David Marcey
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Connecticut Botanical Society: Connecticut Wildflowers Photo Gallery
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This image gallery provides photos and information on wildflowers found in the State of Connecticut. The photos are arranged alphabetically by common name and by genus and species. Each image is accompanied by a brief description of the plant's appearance and flower color, taxonomic family, and origin (native, European, or other). Endangered or extinct species are also noted.

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Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/23/2004
Cornell University Poisonous Plants Informational Database
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This database provides information on plants and other natural flora such as fungi that grow in the United States and may be poisonous to livestock or other animals. The information includes images of plants, pictures of affected animals and presentations on botany, chemistry, toxicology, diagnosis, and prevention of poisoning. The data are searchable by scientific or common name, primary poison, and species of animal most often affected. There are also alphabetical listings of plants by genus and species and by common names, a list of toxic agents found in plants, and a list of commonly affected animals (including humans). Other materials include a discussion of the possible benefits or toxic effects of medicinal plants on livestock, a frequently-asked-questions feature, and links to other websites with information on poisonous plants.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dr. Dan L. Brown
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Department of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution
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The Smithsonian Institution's Department of Entomology web site was designed primarily for researchers in the field of entomology (the study of insects). The research page features an overview of the department's research efforts and personnel. The collections page has an overview of the department's collections (typically arranged by taxon) with links to collection profiles. Collection profiles are arranged alphabetically by family and include numbers of specimens, preservation method, location, and primary and alternate contacts. Other materials include a statement of the department's mission, current and back issues of its newsletter, and information for visitors.

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Education
Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
04/06/2001
Everglades Digital Library
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The Everglades Digital Library (EDL) is a comprehensive portal to high-quality digital resources relating to the south Florida environment. These resources include online texts, articles, reports, photographs, maps, datasets, educational materials, and historical records, as well as links to organizational web sites and agency home pages. These materials come from libraries, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and other sources.

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Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Date Added:
10/21/2014
Field Techniques Used by the Missouri Botanical Garden
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This handbook was compiled to aid people in collecting and preparing high-quality botanical specimens. It covers such basics as choice of field books and writing instruments, pertinent field data, how to locate specimens, and techniques for collecting, drying, and preservation. Other topics include how to sort collected specimens, notes on mounting specimens, and a checklist of items to be packed for field-collecting activities. There is also a list of books and publications on collecting and preserving plant specimens. Available as PDF as well as html document.

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Life Science
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Compiled by R. Leisner with suggestions from Missouri Botanical Gardens staff and others.
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10/21/2014
Free Bioinformatics/Neuroinformatics Teaching Module
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This module is a completely computer-based introduction to bioinformatics resources. This easy-to-adopt module weaves together several important bioinformatic tools so students can grasp how each is used in answering research questions. Students integrate information gathered from a website dedicated to the mouse brain (Mouse Brain Library), Quantitative Trait Locus analysis (WebQTL from GeneNetwork), bioinformatics and gene expression analyses (UCSC Genome Browser, NCBI Entrez Gene, and Allen Brain Atlas), and an information resource (PubMed).

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Life Science
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Assessment
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dr. William Grisham
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Global Raptor Information Network
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The Global Raptor Information Network includes newly compiled species accounts for 331 species of diurnal raptors (hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures). These are linked to homepages of raptor researchers from 66 countries, and the site also offers a searchable bibliographic database (with nearly 39,000 records) on birds of prey. Other features include a species database, which includes distributional information and conservation status for raptors in 260 countries and island groups, links to raptor organizations, hawkwatches, database resources, and homepages of over 200 ornithological journals. There is also a bulletin board with notices of upcoming raptor meetings, recent raptor news, and appeals for assistance. The site is maintained by The Peregrine Fund in Boise, Idaho in an effort to create a global community of raptor researchers and to make its research library, which contains one of the largest collections of ornithological references (now about 21,000 titles) in the world, accessible to researchers in any locality. A free PDF service is maintained to provide researchers in library-poor areas with access to the technical literature.

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Life Science
Ecology
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The Peregrine Fund
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Hartnell Biology Tutorials
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This is a collection of online Biology Tutorials created for Hartnell Community College. Tutorial titles include: Scientific Method, Cell Structure and Function, Cell Cycle and Mitosis, Meiosis, Transcription, Translation, Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, Signal Transduction, and Tissues. Each tutorial contains a description of the biology topic, an animation, and an interactive quiz.

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Life Science
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Assessment
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dr. Katherine Harris
Date Added:
10/21/2014
HawkCount
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HawkCount is an online database that facilitates the tracking and reporting of raptor migrations. It includes site reports from hawk-watch sites in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Materials include an interactive map that provides links to hawk-watch sites; location maps and general information on watch sites; a summary of recent reports; and day and monthly summaries of counts by site.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Hawk Migration Association of North America
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The Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) is a membership-based organization committed to the conservation of raptors, particularly the study of raptor migration patterns. The HMANA site features photographs and migration and natural history information on North American raptors by species, including a downloadable identification guide; an interactive map showing the locations of hawk watch sites, with site profiles and count data; and news articles and announcements. HMANA maintains a listserv and publishes Hawk Migration Studies, received biannually by HMANA members.

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Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
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The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) is a database containing species names for flora and fauna (aquatic and terrestrial) and their hierarchical classifications. The data, which is reviewed periodically to ensure valid classifications, revisions, and additions of newly described species, is searchable by kingdom, Taxonomic Serial Number (TSN), common name, or scientific name. The database is also downloadable, either in its entirety or as a customized file (instructions are provided). Other site materials include an overview of the project, tools and software, a link to the Taxonomic Resources and Expertise Directory (TRED), and links to related webpages on the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) website.

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Life Science
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Data Set
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Iowa State Entomology Index of Internet Resources
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This is a directory and search engine for web-based resources related to entomology (the study of insects). The resources are browseable by content type (bibliographies, blogs, collections, and others), by taxonomic group, or by subdiscipline (biology, crop protection, medical and veterinary entomology, and other subjects). The directory is also searchable by keyword, content type, state, or taxonomic group.

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Life Science
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Data Set
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
John VanDyk
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Learning with the Tree of Life
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The Tree of Life Web Project is a collection of information about biodiversity compiled collaboratively by professional scientists, teachers, students, and amateur enthusiasts. Its goal is to provide a webpage with pictures, text, and other information for every species and for each group of organisms, living or extinct. Connections between Tree of Life web pages follow phylogenetic branching patterns between groups of organisms, so visitors can browse the hierarchy of life and learn about phylogeny and evolution as well as the characteristics of individual groups. Its content consists of scientific materials (pages for individual species or subspecies and for supraspecific taxa) contributed by professionals; learning materials, or "treehouses" (investigations, stories, teacher resources, webquests, and other items); and media (images, videos, audio files, presentations, animations, downloadable documents, and other items) contributed by teachers, students, and science enthusiasts. Site materials include information about the project, its developers and contributors; information on how to build treehouses; a featured treehouse; and links to various treehouses, organized by type.

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Life Science
Geoscience
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Missouri Botanical Garden (MGB)
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The Missouri Botanical Garden (MGB), the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation, sponsors botanical research, horticultural displays, and educational programs. Materials offered on their site include an overview of MGB research programs, including field projects, graduate studies, laboratory research, and databases; an education page, providing information and access to materials on adult classes, programs for the general public, and instructional materials for students and teachers; and a gardening page featuring information and resources (including information about on-site classes) for home gardeners. Other materials include information on upcoming events, membership, and job opportunities.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lecture Notes
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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10/21/2014
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
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NESCent's Education and Outreach Group is committed to sharing the exciting evolutionary biology research occurring here and elsewhere. In addition, we are interested in outreach to groups who are underrepresented in evolutionary biology and improving evolution education. We offer resources for scientists, educators, and the general public that meet these goals.

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Life Science
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Lecture Notes
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
10/21/2014
New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
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The New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN) provides information about native plants and their conservation, focusing primarily on nationally threatened plants and plant communities that require conservation management for their continued survival. The NZPCN web site features a database and search tool for locating information on nationally threatened plant species and lists of species that are regionally uncommon. Users may search for threatened plants, bryophytes, fungi, naturalized (introduced) plants, or animal pests by common name, taxonomic name, conservation status, or family. The information includes taxonomic nomenclature, common name, geographic distribution and habitat, a description, images, conservation status, cultural use or importance, and other data. Other materials at the site include information on New Zealand native plants and threats to native plant life, an archive and bibliography of publications, event announcements and news articles, and information on the organization's membership.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
10/21/2014
POP!World Evolution Simulation for Genetics
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POP!World is a web-based simulation to teach population genetics by observing the outcomes of genetic variation over the span of n number of generations. Students will gain an understanding of the outcomes of evolutionary forces (migration, non-random mating, genetic drift, mutation, and selection). Because evolution is rarely suited to a traditional bench lab environment, these topics are best demonstrated through computer simulation.

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Life Science
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Simulation
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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University at Buffalo
Date Added:
10/21/2013
SWIMMY: Free Software for Teaching Neurophysiology of Neuronal Circuits
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Free and complete software providing experience with neurophysiological phenomena and mechanisms of motor pattern generation in virtual neural circuits. SWIMMY is an instructional tool for teaching neurophysiology that requires only a computer but yet is still inquiry based. SWIMMY offers students the opportunity to approach a conceptually challenging task of scientific discovery and to get practical experience with the basics of neurophysiology--without the impediments of in vivo or in vitro neurophysiology experiments. SWIMMY is available for free, along with student and instructor tutorials.

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Life Science
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Scitable: Genetics
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A free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group, the world's leading publisher of science. Scitable currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms. As you cultivate your understanding of modern genetics on Scitable, you will explore not only what we know about genetics and the ways it impacts our society, but also the data and evidence that supports our knowledge.

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Life Science
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Case Study
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Full Course
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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10/21/2014
Snakes of North America
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This site provides a general introduction to the snakes of North America. The information is organized by family and features a brief description of family characteristics and a listing of individual species with common names and links to photographs.

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Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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Martin C. Schmidt, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Southwest Environmental Information Network
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The Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet) is a series of linked databases and accompanying web software helpful in using those databases, which will be of interest to the environmental research community in Arizona, the Southwest, and elsewhere. SEINet allows users to locate, access, and work with a variety of data, including biological collections, ecological research data, GIS data, taxonomic information, bibliographies, and research protocols. Searchable databases include herbaria; pollen, fruit and seed collections; and mammal, bird, reptile, and amphibian collections. There is also a library of plant and lichen images; links to identification keys and species checklists from various research projects; information on NaviKey (a Java applet and application for accessing descriptive data); and Symbiota web tools (which integrate biological community knowledge and data in order to help identify plants).

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Technology
Life Science
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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10/21/2014
Spiders and Other Arachnids at UC Riverside
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This page provides information on venomous spiders and other stinging or biting arthropods, especially the brown recluse spider. Topics include the distribution and misidentification of the brown recluse, misdiagnoses of brown recluse bites, how to identify this species, and popular myths surrounding it. There is also information on daddy-longlegs (Opiliones)and daddy-longlegs spiders (Pholcidae), hobo spiders (Tegenaria agrestis), internet hoaxes involving spiders, and an article on bites and stings of medically important venomous arthropods (bees, wasps, ants, spiders, and scorpions).

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Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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Mike Adams
P. Kirk Visscher
Rick Vetter
Tom Prentice
Date Added:
10/21/2014
The Swingle Plant Anatomy Reference Collection
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The main component of the site is the Plant Anatomy Digital Archive, a collection of 1,700 digitized microscopic sections of buds, leafs, stems and other plant parts from 384 specimens primarily related to citrus. The collection is historical. Most of the plant specimens were collected in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from Florida, Africa, Cuba, South America, and southeast Asia. The earliest was collected in 1769. The site also features plant animations, information on Walter Tennyson Swingle, the creator of the collection, and related resources.

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Education
Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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Whitlock, Barbara
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10/21/2014
UK Moths
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Comprehensive guide to the moths of Great Britain and Ireland, with photographs of live specimens, common and scientific names, and notes on biology. The aim of the site is to illustrate as many species of British moths as possible and to provide this information in an accessible format.

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Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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Ian Kimber
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10/21/2014
USGS Videos and Animations
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This collection of visual media produced by the U.S. Geological Survey provides a broad overview of research and activities carried out by the organization. The collection of recorded lectures, movies, animations, flyovers, Powerpoint presentations and other media covers biology, climate change, earthquakes, geology, plate tectonics, careers with USGS, and many other topics.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Lecture Notes
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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10/21/2014
Understanding Evolution
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This site provides access to basic and advanced online resources for teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. The resources are organized by topic: the mechanisms of evolution; the relevance of evolutionary theory to everyday life; lines of scientific evidence; and the history of ideas, research, and contributors in the study of evolution. For teachers, there are searchable databases of lesson plans, activities, and conceptual frameworks on the history of life, evidence for evolution, mechanisms of evolution, and the nature of science. Other materials include links to news items and highlighted features on specific evolution topics.

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Life Science
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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02/06/2004
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections: Ecology and Natural Resources
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The Ecology and Natural Resources Collection brings together writings about research in ecology and natural resources conducted by University of Wisconsin faculty and staff; and unique or valuable titles in these fields held by the University of Wisconsin Libraries. Subcollections include Geology and Natural Resources of Wisconsin, The Passenger Pigeon (the official scholarly publication of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology), research reports and technical bulletins published by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, proceedings of annual conferences on wetlands restoration and creation, prairie and prairie restoration, and percid fish and other Wisconsin-focused and regional-focused resources and maps.

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Life Science
Ecology
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Collections Center
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10/21/2014
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections: The Science Collection
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The Science Collection brings together writings about scientific research conducted by University of Wisconsin faculty and staff; and unique or valuable items related to science held by the University of Wisconsin Libraries. Subcollections include a Botany Department Teaching Collection (images), an electronic edition of Thermophilic Microorganisms and Life at High Temperatures (1978) by Thomas D. Brock, a collection of veterinary anatomical illustrations derived from the Handbuch der Anatomie der Tiere fur Kunstler, or Handbook of Animal Anatomy for Artists (1898, 1911-1925) and the Journal of Chemical Education.

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Life Science
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Collections Center
Date Added:
10/21/2014
W. M. Keck Observatory
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The W. M. Keck Observatory, located on the summit of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii, takes advantage of its high altitude and stable atmospheric conditions to engage in advanced research into the deepest regions of the universe. The observatory's website includes information on its two ten-meter telescopes, their revolutionary segmented mirrors, and some of the research programs currently under way. There is also information on the observatory's research communities and their allocations of observing time; how to apply for time, and information for scheduled observing teams. The site's news and outreach page features archived press releases and links to the observatory's newsletter and "Cosmic Matters" magazine. The educational page includes podcasts of the observatory's astronomers discussing recent discoveries, information on field trips and class visits, and information on the family ASTRO program. Photos of the instruments, the observatory site, and a selection of remote images captured by the telescopes are collected in an image gallery, and there is also a bibliography of articles referencing data collected at the observatory.

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Technology
Education
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/07/2014