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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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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
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
Provider:
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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Data Set
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
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
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
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
Provider:
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
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
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
Provider:
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.

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Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
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
Geoscience
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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Compiled by R. Leisner with suggestions from Missouri Botanical Gardens staff and others.
Date Added:
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).

Subject:
Life Science
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Assessment
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
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
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Data Set
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NSDL Staff
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Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
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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
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
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.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
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
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
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.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
10/21/2014