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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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The Academy of Natural Sciences: Educational Programs
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Includes information about the Academy of Natural Sciences educational programs: teacher resources, information for planning field trips to the museum and women in the natural sciences.

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History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
10/21/2014
The Amoeba Sisters YouTube Videos
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The Amoeba Sisters strive to facilitate curiosity and engagement by making biology both humorous and meaningful. The videos use real world examples and silly cartoons to demystify difficult biology concepts, such as cell anatomy, homeostasis, enzymes, and biomolecules. A new video is released weekly. The creators are sisters who both work in education. One is a high school biology teacher who found these videos made biology more approachable and easier to comprehend.

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Education
Life Science
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Lesson Plan
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
The Amoeba Sisters
Date Added:
04/04/2014
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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Education
Life Science
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dillon, Michael O.
Hensold, Nancy.
Project Coordinator and Investigator: Michael O. Dillon (Curator of Phanerogams, Department of Botany, The Field Museum)
Date Added:
08/24/2003
Apple Snails (Ampullariidae)
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This web site provides information on apple snails (family Ampullariidae), the largest living freshwater snails on earth, often kept as aquarium pets because of their attractive appearance and size. Topics include the care of apple snails, their anatomy, species and genera, and information on snail pests, embryology, and genetics. There is also a frequently-asked-questions feature, photos, links to web sites and literature, and an online discussion forum.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Stijn A. I. Ghesquiere
Date Added:
10/21/2014
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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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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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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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Jesse Noar
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Basic Flows in a Microfluidic Device
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In this module, developed as part of Cornell's Learning Initiative in Medicine and Bioengineering (CLIMB), students will work with two model microfluidic devices, understand how flows at the small scale differ from macroscopic flows, and experience some of the challenges involved in implementing such devices in the laboratory. This module includes a teacher's guide, instructional worksheets, and student handouts for the lab activity. CLIMB is part of the NSF GK-12 program.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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CLIMB: Cornell's Learning Initiative in Medicine and Bioengineering
Date Added:
10/21/2010
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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Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
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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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
David E. Boufford, Harvard University Herbaria
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Biota of North America Program
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The goal of the Biota of North America Program (BONAP) is to develop a unified digital system for assessing the North American biota. BONAP's database now includes assessment for all vascular plants and vertebrate animals (native, naturalized, and adventive) of North America north of Mexico, and it maintains the most current taxonomy, nomenclature, and biogeographic data for all members of the biota. The Synthesis of the North American Flora, published in 1999, is available for purchase as a CD-ROM (ordering information is provided); a 1mb demonstration version for Windows is available through the BONAP site. The Synthesis includes taxonomic, nomenclatural, and biogeographic data and images, enabling users to produce species checklists, distribution summaries, and species assessments for morphology, rarity, endemism, nativity, and other biological attributes. It consists of three parts: the "Lexicon," which provides the underlying nomenclature and taxonomy; the "Atlas," which displays distribution maps for each of the accepted taxa; and the "Biological Attributes," which provides summaries of morphological and other specialized data (rarity and endemism, nativity, weediness, habit, habitat, and others).

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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
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
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
04/23/2002
CalPhotos
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Thousands of photographs of plants, animals, fossils, landscapes (fieldsites, habitats), and people (anthropological, historical) are offered by this images database. The collection is searchable by photo type, scientific name, common name, geographic location, and a number of other parameters. Each photo is accompanied by a date, location, image category, and links for additional information. There is also an annotation system that allows experts to register, review photos, and add a comment or change the identification of the plant or animal in the picture.

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Life Science
Geoscience
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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Biodiversity Sciences Technology (BSCIT), Berkeley Natural History Museums, University of California, Berkeley
Date Added:
10/21/2014
CalPhotos: Plants
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The Plants section of the CalPhotos image database includes 92,787 images of plants (as of May 2008). The photographs have been contributed by a variety of organizations and individuals. You may browse by common name or scientific name, search using one or more fields, or use a custom query form for advanced queries.

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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
Author:
Biodiversity Sciences Technology group (BSCIT), Berkeley Natural History Museums, University of California--Berkeley
Date Added:
10/21/2014
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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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
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
Material Type:
Lecture
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NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
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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Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
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.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
04/06/2001
Discover Life
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Discover Life provides information on the taxonomy, natural history, distribution, abundance, and ecology of the world's flora and fauna. Site materials include a database of all known plants and animals, featuring photos, maps, identification guides, and facts about each organism, arranged by group: amphibians, reptiles, mammals, plants, insects, and others. The site's "Tree of Life" is a diagram (phylogenetic tree) that graphically displays the relationships between major groups of living organisms. Its IDnature guides are interactive identification resources that let users select and search on physical attributes of an organism to obtain potential matches with known species. There is also a global mapping tool that lets users generate distribution maps of individual or multiple species. The education page provides images, maps, lesson plans, and other resources for teachers and students. Other materials include information on invasive species, information on specimen labels, a search tool for locating organisms, information on the Discover Life project, and links to related web sites.

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Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
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NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Polistes Foundation
Date Added:
10/21/2014