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.

Freshwater animals
Written 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.
Also in: Español | Français | Português

Bird puzzle
Written 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 | Türk

A black box, shown in support of the Black Lives Matter movement

Ask A Biologist stands in support of Black Lives and people of color (POC). As a scientific and academic entity, we have benefitted from the progress made by Black people and other POC, and have learned from the viewpoints of people with a diverse range of backgrounds.

Comparative animal physiology
Written by: 
Karla Moeller and Pierce Hutton
As you go about your day, breathing and thinking, with your heart beating, your body is working. It sends and receives signals, grows, and stores fat, among hundreds of other functions. All of these functions make up your physiology, or how your body works. The same is true for every living animal.
Life in the ice
Written 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.
Also in: Español

Prairie Dogs
Written 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.
Also in: Español | Français | Português

Gila monster face illustration
Written by: 
Karla Moeller
The desert is a tough place to live – food may be tough to find, rain only comes in certain seasons, and the temperatures can be hard to handle. How does one special lizard, the Gila monster, deal with these difficulties?
Written by: 
Steve Koppes

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

Beetles puzzle piece
Written 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

Written 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?
Also in: Français | Español


A cylinder with a shadow, sitting on a checkered board
What Causes Optical Illusions?

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