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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.

Hummingbirds

By Stephanie Bittner

When you think of hummingbirds, you may think about how they can fly in almost any direction. But there is a lot more to these acrobatic birds than meets the eye.

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I Spy an Ecosystem

By Tamara Harms

We hear the word ecosystems in the news and at school but just what are ecosystems? It turns out there are lots of ecosystems. You might even learn you have some inside you!
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Indiana Jane: Uncovering Mysteries of Ancient Disease

By Kelly Harkins

The past can be hard to remember, so how can we go about studying it? Indiana Jane takes us on a tour of humans from the past, ancient microbes, and the bioarchaeologists that study them both.

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Life and Death of a Fig Wasp

By Dani Moore

Fruit may just be something that you like to eat. For the fig wasp, fig fruit is more than just a food--it's where life begins and ends.

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Linnaeus and the World of Taxonomy

By Ruth Kearns

Have you ever wondered how animals and plants get their
names? People give them names, lots of different names! That was how it used to be before Carl Linnaeus created the world of taxonomy.

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Making Life Crystal Clear

By Martine Oudenhoven

Much like a mechanical watch, living things only work when all the gears work together. Some of the tiniest of gears are proteins. Learning about the shape and size of these proteins is the job of X-ray crystallography.

Making the List

By Johnny Winston

By the time the first endangered species list was made, many species had already gone extinct.  Some species, like whooping cranes, were almost extinct at that time.  But the US government did not begin to protect animals as endangered species until they were put on the official endangered species list.

Mapping the Future

By Adriana Manrique

Most of us wish we could predict the future. We want to know everything from who will win the big football game to whether or not our favorite superhero will defeat the super villain. Biologists want to know the future too.

Marveling at the Marine Biomes

By Robert Wildermuth

The largest biome on Earth is also one of the least explored. Come take a look in the mysterious ocean, a watery world that is home to organisms of all kinds.

Metamorphosis – Nature’s Ultimate Transformer

By Page Baluch

Transforming robots are favorites of television and movies, but nature has some of the best transformers. Animals that can change in ways that almost seem unbelievable.
Also in: Español

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.

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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.