The Sponge Song: An Ode to the Porifera

In an effort to make sponges more interesting for my students (a challenge for sure!), I came across this fine song by Jake Shields. Enjoy!




Jaguar Sneak Attack on a Basking Caiman

Amazing video from the PBS series The Story of Cats – a jaguar swims to sneak up on and attack a caiman in Brazil’s Pantanal. Watch below:




Biology Quizlet Review: Ecology, Levels of Organization, and Biomes

Below are Quizlet review activities for my College Prep Biology class at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. The topic for this review is Ecology: Levels of Organization and Biomes. First is a Quizlet flashcard review: Next is a Quizlet vocab quiz. You can also try other review activities by clicking the dropdown menu on the bottom-right of […]




Biology Quizlet Review: Energy in Ecosystems, Food Webs, and Food Chains

Below are Quizlet review activities for my College Prep Biology class at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. The topic for this review is Ecology: Energy in Ecosystems, Food Webs, and Food Chains. First is a Quizlet flashcard review: Next is a Quizlet vocab quiz. You can also try other review activities by clicking the dropdown menu on […]




The Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle

This plant…will kill you. 




Have you ever heard a bullfrog scream?

One of the most memorable experiences I had as a teacher intern last spring was an ecology class field trip to a vernal pool near my home. The kids were fully engaged, and several of the boys were determined to catch as many frogs as they could. One of the frogs that was scooped up […]




Beaked whales and purple disco balls: New and unusual species discovered in our oceans.

I never cease to be amazed by the fact that we are still finding new creatures on this planet. In the past week I’ve read two stories on NPR.com about discoveries of animals that appear to be new to science. What’s particularly cool is that these animals couldn’t be more different, and we’re still not […]




Tardigrades Are Awesome, But Their Genome May Not Be As Unsual As Recent Research Suggests

I’ve long been fascinated by Tardigrades. You’ve gotta love an animal that can survive extreme cold, heat, and pressure, desiccation, starvation (as many as 10 years without food!), exposure to radiation and toxic chemicals, and the vacuum of space. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re nicknamed “water bears,” and are cute little critters that lumber […]




What the Cat-Cucumber Video Taught Me About How We Teach Biology in Schools

I had an eye opening experience in biology class the other day. The students were given a current event assignment in which they had to use their Chromebooks to find an article of interest, read it, and then answer a series of questions about the article. The only requirements were that the article had to […]