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World of Biology

Read about research projects being conducted at Arizona State University. Many of the articles you find on this page are written by graduate students in the life sciences departments. The list is always growing so be sure to come back and visit often.

Falling Into Freshwater

By Jason Borchert

Lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers are all sources of freshwater. But there is a lot less freshwater on earth than you might think. Fall into freshwater with us to learn some new things about this near-saltless water biome.

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Feather Biology

By CJ Kazilek

Almost everyone has wished at one time or another to be able to fly like a bird. Just the thought of soaring above your city or town without any mechanical device gives us a reason to envy these feathered animals.
Also in: Français | Español

Frozen Life

By Kyle Kinzler

When you think of the Arctic, you might picture mostly empty ice. But the Arctic ecosystem is home to many organisms, from microscopic bacteria to large animals like whales and polar bears. Much of this life in the Arctic depends on tiny organisms called plankton which make up the base of the food web.

Grasping Grasslands

By Stephanie Bittner

Grasslands may look like they sound – just land filled with grass – but there is a lot more to grasslands than you might think.

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He Ain't Tasty He's My Brother

By Steve Koppes

While cannibalism is fairly common among insects and crustaceans, most backboned animals avoid feeding on their own kind.

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How Do Beetles Reproduce?

By Jenny Drnevich

Every living thing must be able to reproduce and make offspring. Most of us are familiar with how humans and mammals make babies, but do all creatures reproduce in the same way? Do insects, like the beetle, give birth to little insects?
Also in: Français | Español

How Do We Hear?

By Emily Venskytis

Whether a friend whispers in your ear, or you hear a jet flying high in the sky, sound is all around you. But how does a tiny sound wave change from waves in the air to sounds or sentences that we can understand?  

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How Do We See?

By Ashleigh Gonzales and Page Baluch

Have you ever wondered how an image is seen by your eyes, and how your eyes can tell your brain what they are seeing? Learn all about how your eyes and brain work together to show you the world.

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How Do We Sense Touch?

By Patrick McGurrin

Humans interact with their environment using their sense of touch. This story explores how touch works. 

How to Find What You Need on the Internet

By CJ Kazilek

Searching for things on the Internet can be like hunting for a needle in a large haystack. Just how large is the Internet?

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The living world is limited only by what you want to explore. Jump into some of these stories to see what other biologist have been doing.

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Red-eyed tree frog

The living world is limited only by what you want to explore. Jump into some of these stories to see what other biologist have been doing.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.