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Biology Resources

  • BIODIDAC
    BIODIDAC provides thousands of images relating to organismal and human biology and histology. Users can browse the website or search by keyword.
  • Biological Anthropology Tutorials
    Palomar Community College’s anthropology department created these biological anthropology tutorials. Topics include evolution, genetics, heredity, adaptability, behavior and much more. The website also includes a glossary of terms and printable index cards.
  • CELLS Alive
    CELLS Alive is an excellent resource for film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms. It provides interactive modules relating to cell biology, microbiology, immunology, and microscopy. Cell models, mitosis, meiosis, and cell cycles are discussed in detail.
  • Digital Anatomist Interactive Atlases
    This website provides 2-D and 3-D images from cadaver sections, MRI scans, and computer reconstructions of the human body. Users can click on images to view different angles of the organs.
  • Embryology Tutorial
    This website includes Amphibian and Sea Urchin Embryology tutorials. Both tutorials contain photographs, diagrams, and text.
  • HHMI's BioInteractive
    HHMI is a non-profit medical research organization. Its BioInteractive website features information about infectious diseases, stem cells, evolution, obesity, cancer, neuroscience, genomics and chemical genetics, sex determination, biological clocks, cardiovascular diseases, immunology, DNA, and RNA. Formats include essays, videos, animation, lectures, and a virtual lab.
  • InnerBody
    This website contains animations, graphics, and descriptive links related to the study of anatomy and the human body. Topics include the skeletal, digestive, muscular, lymphatic, endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, reproductive, and urinary systems.
  • Intute: Health and Life Sciences
    The Health and Life Sciences pages of Intute, formerly known as BIOME, provides resources relating to medicine, nursing, midwifery, allied health, agriculture, food, forestry, veterinary medicine, bioresearch, and natural history. Additional features include a blog, hot topics, timelines, and events.
  • Learn.Genetics
    This website was created by the University of Utah's Genetic Science Learning Center. It includes a basic genetic reference series as well as a genome science series and a genetics of health series.
  • MicrobeWorld: Discover Unseen Life on Earth
    MicrobeWorld contains images and essays about microbiology. Topics include viruses, bacteria and types of microbes. A discovery timeline, information about the profession of microbiology, and other resources are also available.
  • National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)
    The National Biological Information Infrastructure is a part of the Biological Informatics Office of the U.S. Geological Survey. The program provides access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. It includes information about invasive species, focal species, and river restoration, as well as information and resources relating to specific organisms and their habitats.
  • National Science Foundation
    The National Science Foundation was created by Congress in 1950 to promote and support all fields of fundamental science and engineering. The agencies website features news, research overviews, speeches and lectures, discoveries, publications, statistics, a multimedia gallery, and more.
  • Net Frog 2002: Online Dissection
    Net Frog is a step-by-step guide to the frog dissection process. It includes narration, video, graphics, text and quizzes.
  • The Biology Project
    This website, developed by the University of Arizona, is an interactive biology resource. Topics include biochemistry, cell biology, chemicals and human health, developmental biology, human biology, immunology, Mendelian genetics, and molecular biology.
  • The Virtual Courseware Project
    The Virtual Courseware Project is supported by grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the California State University. It produces interactive, online simulations for the life and earth sciences. It consists of images and tutorials relating to earthquakes, global warming and more.
  • Timeline of Evolutionary Thought
    This timeline is a project of the University of California Museum of Paleontology in Berkeley, CA. Scholars are divided into three categories: Non-Darwinians, Darwinians, and Neo-Darwinians. It includes biographical information, images, and documents.
  • Todar's Online Textbook of Bacteriology
    This online textbook and interactive website is based on Kenneth Todar's lectures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. According to the website, "Its contents are suitable for reading or presentation in courses or course modules concerning general microbiology and medical bacteriology at the college and advanced high school levels of education. As an electronic text, new material is constantly being added, and current material is constantly being revised and updated."
  • Tree of Life Web Project
    The Tree of Life Web Project is a collaborative effort of biologists around the world that provides information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their evolutionary history, and characteristics. It includes images, movies, and sound clips relating to types of life on earth.

Environmental Science Resources

  • AIRNow
    AIRNow was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Weather Service, the National Park Service, and tribal, state, and local agencies. It provides the public with an Air Quality Index for reporting daily air quality, focusing on pollution of outdoor air and associated health risks.
  • Digital Universe: Earth Portal
    The Earth Portal provides timely, objective, science-based information about the environment, specifically the interaction between society and Earth. It includes EarthNews and an Encyclopedia of Earth, produced and reviewed by scientific scholars, as well as an EarthForum for both scholars and the general public.
  • Environmental News Network
    The aim of the Environmental News Network is to provide a global perspective on environmental issues. Topics include animals, agriculture, ecosystems, energy, business, climate, pollution, green building, science and technology, lifestyle, and health.
  • National Environmental Trust
    The National Environmental Trust is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established to inform citizens about environmental problems and their affect on health and quality of life. Issues covered on this site include clean air, global warming, energy, forests, oceans and marine life, environmental health, mining reform, and the fuel economy.
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection manages New Jersey’s natural resources and pollution problems. The DEP’s website contains detailed information about air, water, land and open space, site cleanups, waste management, parks and forests, and fish and wildlife. Also included are New Jersey data and public records.
  • Tox Town: Environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals where you live, work and play
    Tox Town is a product of the National Library of Medicine. It provides information about specific locations where you might find toxic chemicals, non-technical definitions of chemicals, and the environmental impact on health. It is available in both English and Spanish.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a government agency designed to protect human health and the environment. Topics in this site include acid rain, asbestos, the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, climate change, hazardous waste, human health, lead, mercury, mold, oil spills, ozone, pesticides, radon, recycling, stewardship, and more.

Museums

  • Academy of Natural Sciences
    The Academy of Natural Sciences is located in Philadelphia, PA. Topics of the online exhibits include “Edward Lear’s Nature,” “Foul and Loathsome Creatures,” “Nature’s Great Masterpiece,” “Philadelphia Trees,” and more.
  • American Museum of Natural History
    The American Museum of Natural History is located in New York, NY. Information and images about current exhibits are available online. There is also an online educator’s guide.
  • The Field Museum
    The Field Museum is located in Chicago, IL. Topics covered in the museum’s many online exhibits include Tyrannosaurus Rex, man-eating lions, butterflies, and more.
  • Museum of Science
    The Museum of Science is located in Boston, MA. Online exhibits include “Secrets of Ice,” “Oceans Alive!,” “Leonardo, Ancient Egypt” and more.
  • Natural History Museum
    The Natural History Museum is located in London, England. The website includes information about biodiversity, environmental change, evolution, life, earth, and space. Online exhibits include “Wildlife Photographer of the Year,” “Art Themes,” “Endeavor Botanical Illustrations,” “British Wildlife Gallery,” and more.
  • Science Museum
    The Science Museum is located in London, England. It features online exhibitions relating to art, current science, the environment, physics and math, chemistry and materials, energy, space, computing, engineering, medicine and biology, and transport.
  • Smithsonian Institution: Science
    The Smithsonian Institution of Science is located in Washington, DC. It contains many online exhibits, including “Apollo 11,” “Arctic Wildlife,” “Invasive Species,” “Galactic Navigation,” “Shade Grown Coffee,” and more.

Reference Resources

  • The Encyclopedia of Earth
    This online encyclopedia is published by the Environmental Information Coalition. Topics include the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, magnetosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere, as well as Earth’s living organisms. Attention is also given to the impact of society on the environment.
  • Botany.com: Encyclopedia of Plants, Gardening and Botanical Dictionary
    This plant encyclopedia provides information about the general description of plants, methods of cultivation, soil and temperature requirements, pruning, the means of propagation (seeds, cuttings, division, etc.), and the different varieties and hybrids.
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