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.

Sexual reproduction
Written by: 
Sarala Pradhan and Ioulia Bespalova
For many organisms, reproduction is a huge part of life. But what, exactly, does reproduction mean? Well, it can mean so many different things, including breeding or not, caring for young (or not), or giving birth (or not)... read on to learn about the diversity of ways that organisms reproduce.
Blue tiger beetle
Written by: 
Nancy Pearson and Dave Pearson

Even with 'tiger' in their names, life is hard for these fast and often colorful insects. Also in: Deutsch | Español | Français | Português | Pусский | 日本語

Garter snake in taiga
Written by: 
Sisi Gao

The taiga, or boreal forest, is the largest land biome in the world. It is deep and dark, often green, and always cold. But even in this frigid place, many animals and plants thrive.
Also in: Español | Français | Português

Fox in tundra
Written by: 
Melanie Sturm

The tundra is a cold and windy habitat, making survival a challenge. But you may be surprised by how much life there is in the tundra.

Also in: Français | Español

Leafhopper
Written by: 
Adam Dolezal and Page Baluch

Not all insects are bugs, but all bugs are insects. How can this be? Learn about some particular insects that biologists call true bugs.
Also in: Español

The three Rs of research
Written by: 
Patrick McGurrin and Christian Ross

Animals are often used to study many different scientific topics. But many scientists and others argue whether it's ok to use animals for this purpose. Here we discuss why scientists use animals and research, and discuss some of the rules and regulations in place to help protect animals used in research.

Solving mysteries
Written by: 
CJ Kazilek and David Pearson
Play the Training Room Escape Game

Put your detective skills to the test! Use the scientific method and your problem solving abilities to find clues and escape. Explore our Training Room and see what other interesting things await you.

To learn more, visit Using the Scientific Method to Solve Mysteries.
Biome goggles
Written by: 
Charles Kazilek

Here you can do more than read out biomes. You can explore them in 360 degree tours. While not the same as being there in person, these tours let you go to places you would not likely be able to see.

Vitamins
Written by: 
Danielle Penick
You may see advertisements for vitamins all the time. Do we really need vitamins? And if we do, how do we know which vitamins are high quality? Take a tour into the history, science, and manufacturing of vitamins.
Written by: 
Dr. Biology, Justin Olson and Elizabeth Smith

What might look like a lifeless world is actually filled with life and history. You just need to know where to look. Take a tour with two park rangers to get the inside story of South Mountain Park.

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