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.

Written by: 
John Alcock

A story of blood, love, and family… Learn about one of the biggest and fanciest blister beetles anywhere. This species goes by the scientific name of Lytta magister but has also been called the “master blister beetle,” most likely in honor of its large size.

Big Big Bugs
Written by: 
Danika Painter

These enormous insects depicted in bad B movies exist mostly in the realm of science fiction. However, insects of giant proportions really did exist 300 million years ago.

Biology's Beginnings
Written by: 
Carolina Abboud

The study of biology is such a part of our lives today, it's hard to think that there may have been a time when that wasn't the case. Take a trip back through time to see when the study of biology began.

Birds and their Songs
Written by: 
Pierre Deviche, David Pearson and CJ Kazilek

We see them practically everywhere. They are found flying in the high mountains and soaring along the thermal winds in the low deserts. There are those that are reclusive and others you can watch from your own back yard.
Also in: Español

Boundless Biomes
Written by: 
Karla Moeller

No two environments on Earth are the same. But with so many places to learn about, we often need to talk about some environments as a similar group rather than individually. For that, we have the brilliance of biomes.
Also in: Français | Español

Building Blocks of Life Illustration
Written by: 
Shyamala Iyer

All living beings are made up of cells. Some of them are made up of only one cell and others have many cells.
Also in: Nederlands | Français | Magyar | Italiano | Español

Written by: 
Sally Warring

Everything that is alive is made of cells, but there are really only two main types of cells. Learn how these cell types became different and why they are so important to life.

Cloning Sheep
Written by: 
Faye Farmer

What is cloning and do we have clones living among us today? The answers might surprise you or maybe we should say ewe.

Ants carrying puzzle pieces
Written by: 
Rebecca Clark

There are several different ways to get ants for an ant farm, depending on when you would like to start the farm and how long you would like for your ant farm to last.

Contemplating the Coasts
Written by: 
Robert Wildermuth

The majority of life in the ocean is found near the shore, in the coastal biome.


If birds evolved from dinosaurs, would that make them reptiles too?

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