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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.

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Mighty Morphing Tree Lizards

By Danika Painter

Biologists at Arizona State University hope that by learning more about animal behavior, they will also be able to understand why people act the way they do. Also in: Español

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Migrating Monarchs

By Tracy Fuentes

Thousands of orange and black shapes flutter through the trees. Welcome to one of the few wintering homes of the monarch butterfly.
Also in: Español

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Mite Mighty Foe to 'Killer' Bees in State

By Paul Matthews of the Tribune Newspapers of Arizona

Africanized "killer" bees have fallen prey to a deadly predator of their own- parasitic mites whose infestation has dropped their wild colony numbers by as much as 70 percent statewide.

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Nature's Colors of Love

By Kevin McGraw

Colors are not just for humans. In fact, Mother Nature has been playing with color and love for very long time. What are these colors of love? Are they all the brightest and boldest colors, or is there more to the story?

Nature's Medicine

By Beth Judy

Medicinal plants come in all shapes and sizes. Probably some of the weeds growing in your yard, fields, or even cracks in your sidewalk are medicinal. Who knew there was a different kind of drugstore—a vital and ancient one—all around us?
Also in: Holandés

Not So Scary Scorpions

By Christopher Putnam

Scorpions are often misunderstood. Many people say that scorpions are so aggressive they will sting themselves to death, but this is not a natural behavior of scorpions in the wild.
Also in: Français | Español

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Observing the Open Ocean

By Robert Wildermuth

The open ocean is the largest biome on earth and it is the least understood. What undiscovered life might float in the dark, deep, depths of the sea?

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Ouch - Body Defense and Repair

By Kimberly Repp

Ouch! You just got a paper cut on your finger. What happens now? Besides the sting you are feeling from the cut, there are germs on that paper that are preparing to invade your body. For your immune system, this means war.

Perfect Python Parenting

By Zachary Stahlschmidt

Being a parent is hard work. Though a snake might not seem comforting to you, pythons are actually very dedicated moms that take good care of their kids.

Phosphate Fix

By Joshua Haussler and Karla Moeller

You may know that plants need air, water, and sunlight to survive. But they also need a special molecule called phosphate. Learn more about phosphate, plants, and why genetic modification may be able to fix some of our plant problems.

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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.