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.

Mouse and snail taxonomy
Written 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.

Written 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.

Endangered animal list
Written 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.

Animal maps
Written 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.

Written 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.
Also in: Français | Español

Monarch butterfly
Written 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

Tree lizard puzzle
Written 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

Monarch butterfly puzzle
Written 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 | Français

Bee with mites
Written 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.

Bionanoengineering robots
Written by: 
Julio Bernal and Tara MacCulloch
Fascinating and bizarre interactions control the world around us, at a scale too small to see—the nanoscale. By studying the nanoworld, we can create nanomachines that mimic nature.


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

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