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Ecology & Environmental Sciences

  • Biological Sciences Programs of USGS
    The Biological Resources Discipline of the U.S. Geological Survey works with others to provide the scientific understanding and technologies needed to support the sound management and conservation of our Nation's biological resources. Of special interest to teachers and students is the Status and Trends section of this site. Taxa, Issues, Methods and Tools all have many resources that support standards based biology teaching and learning.

  • Cal Photos
    Plants, animals, habitats, biodiversity are among topics included in the 39,155 images in this University of California, Berkeley e-library collection.

  • Conservation International
    This site helps users gain an understanding of the science, economics, policy and community involvement needed to promote biodiversity conservation in tropical rain forests and in other endangered ecosystems.

  • Ecological Database of the World's Insect Pathogens (EDWIP) provides information on fungi, viruses, protozoa, mollicutes, nematodes, and bacteria (other than Bacillus thuringiensis) that are infectious in insects, mites, and related arthropods.

  • EE-LINK: Environmental Education on the Internet
    A launch pad to environmental resources on the Web for students, teachers and professionals that support K-12 environmental education.

  • EnviroMapper
    Produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this site provides a dynamic way to view and query environmental information, including drinking water, toxic and air releases, hazardous waste, water discharge permits, and Superfund sites. EnviroMapper also links to text reports. A fascinating site.

  • Envirofacts Data Warehouse

  • Exploring the Environment®
    Twenty-five online modules put students in problem-based learning scenarios. In one module, students predict the impact of increased carbon dioxide on the wheat yield in Kansas. In another, they predict weather 48 hours in advance. Topics include coral reefs, climate change, the Everglades, mountain gorillas, rainforests, volcanoes, water quality, and ozone depletion. (A NASA-sponsored project.)

  • Fire Effects Information
    The Fire Effects Information website provides up-to-date information about fire effects on plants and animals taken from current English-language literature. The emphasis of each synopsis is fire and how it affects each species. Background information on taxonomy, distribution, basic biology and ecology of each species is included. Thorough documentation includes a complete bibliography.

  • Global Warming Facts & Our Future
    Explore the latest scientific information from the National Academy of Sciences. Is our climate warming? Are humans causing it? What might be the effects? What can be done? Learn about the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle, and past changes in our climate. See predicted changes and how they could affect sea levels, agriculture, and ecosystems. Find out about options for reducing CO2 emissions. (NAS)

  • The Globe Program
    GLOBE students make a core set of environmental observations at or near their schools and report their data via the Internet. Scientists use GLOBE data in their research and provide feedback to the students to enrich their science education. Results are posted on the website for all to see.

  • The International Wolf Center
    This site is filled with valuable information such as: wolf images, wolf telemetry data from the National Biological Survey conducted on the Superior National Forest in Minnesota, wolf reference information, news and events, education materials and the wolf den order catalog. You can use this site to gather text, graphic and data information to include in an ecology unit. (Howard A. Knodle, '96 AE Fellow)

  • Microbial Ecology Resources
    A comprehensive list of materials (books, videos, software, etc.) that may be of interest to students and teachers of microbial ecology and microbiology.

  • National Institute of Environmental Health (NIEH)
    The popular NIEH brochure, "You and Your Genes" is now available on the web along with several other popular brochures, such as "Environmental Diseases from A to Z".

  • The U.S.Census Bureau
    From this home page you can link to population clocks, food housing info and much more.

  • U.S. Census Bureau Publications
    Census Bureau documents are provided in Adobe Acrobat's Portable Document Format (PDF). To view these files, you will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader which is available for free from the Adobe web site.

  • The US Geological Survey
    The USGS home page lots of material for incorporating earth science in biology. Of note to teachers is their section called The Learning Web. (Joseph Mahood, AE Host on Portfolio Assessment)

  • WhaleNet
    Follow seals and whales via satellite tags on their migrations and movements. Access locations, dive times, etc as it happens and archived information. This is an excellent site for student and teacher alike. Its emphasis is on engaging students in the process of learning more about whales--lot of practical information about the species and how to observe them. For the teacher, there are some good projects to explore for use in the classroom.

  • Wildlife Conservation Society
    The Wildlife Conservation Society, parent organization for the Bronx, Central Park, Prospect Park, and Queens Zoos and New York's Aquarium, offers internships and workshops for teachers. Check the website for details.

  • The World Wide Biome Project
    An Integrated Biology/Computer Project For Students enabling students to study a local ecosystem, learn about their environment, and read about biomes in other parts of the world. Its concept comes from a related project developed by AE Fellows Janis Lariviere, David Masterman and Howard Waterman.

  • The WWF Global Network
    This site provides comprehensive news and information on more than 14,000 screens. Covers all aspects of conservation and the environment. Topics include forests, climate change, marine issues, pollution, species, and sustainable development. Includes a section for "Kids and Teachers."

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Last Updated: 28 September, 2009

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