Biology Bookmarks pg 1

Biology Bookmarks

Page One: Gateway Sites; Anatomy and Physiology through Evolution


Biology Gateway Sites

These sites provide multiple connections to sites of interest in many different disciplines within biology.

MCB Biological Links
Links page from Harvard University's Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. Contains links to a variety of sites, including ongoing projects at Harvard, outside related sites, and online Biological Journals.
CSU BioWeb
The CSU BioWeb is a magnificent gateway site which provides a radiobutton list of many biological disciplines. Each query links to a list of sites, all of which have been reviewed for quality of content by the controllers of the BioWeb.
Frank Potter's Science Gems - Life Science I
This site is apparently maintained by one science teacher. He has collected a variety of Life Science sites, which he has sorted into grade level equivalencies. There's material here which he has judged to be appropriate for every level from grade school through college.
Cell and Molecular Biology Online
This is a privately maintained directory of hand-sorted links to biology resources on line.
UCMP Subway
This site comes from the University of California's Museum of Paleontology. It links to biology sites all over the internet.
Genetics Education Center
This site is a gateway to many internet resources about genetics. The site is aimed at teachers.
Biodiversity and Biological Collections
The Biodiversity and Biological Collections Web Server is devoted to information of interest to systematists and other biologists of the organismic kind.
Entomology Index of Internet Resources
This Iowa State site is a gateway to many, many entomology related sites.
Bridge: Ocean Resources Educational Resource Center
This is a gateway for teacher information about marine biology.

Anatomy and Physiology

Visible Human Project
This page offers information about this project, including sample images and information about obtaining the entire project. It has a Spanish language mirror page.
Digital Anatomist Project
This site is a part of a project of the Structural Informatics Group, from the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. In contains an interactive atlas of human anatomy, utilizing both 2D and 3D imaging. The project is ongoing.
The Heart: An Online Exploration
This is an on-line exhibit of the Franklin Institute Science Museum.
Levit Radiologic-Pathologic Institute
This is a "visible human" type site. The material consists of a fairly large number of anatomical photographs of different parts of the human body.
Nanoworld
This site is devoted to things very small--from molecules to microorganisms.
APStracts
APStracts is an on-line periodic notice of current research scheduled to be published in the journals of The American Physiological Society. The site includes archives of APStracts back to 1994.
The Columbia/HCA Virtual Body
This site contains a series of elaborate interactive presentations of the various parts and functions of the human body. The site is available in both English and Spanish.
Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology
This nifty site is a compendium of information about all aspects of cell structure and function. It begins with a clickable diagram of a cell which leads to all sorts of information.
Flybrain
This site is devoted to the rather unusual presentation of information about the nervous system of Drosophila.
Marching Through the Visible Man
This paper describes a methodology and results for extracting surfaces from the Visible Male's CT data. they used surface connectivity and isosurface extraction techniques to create polygonal models of the skin, bone, muscle and bowels. Early experiments with the physical cross-sections are also reported.
Marching Through the Visible Woman
This site comes from the National Library of Medicine, and includes 3-D imaging of this ongoing project. It accompanies the Marching Through the Visible Man project.
Metabolic Pathways of Biochemistry
An online reference of metabolism for students, scientists, and the world. This site is designed to graphically represent all major metabolic pathways, primarily those important to human biochemistry.

Biology (General)

The Biology Project
This site is an on line resource for students, addressing a variety of different topics in verious disciplines of biology. Very good site.
Living Things
This is an on-line exhibit of the Franklin Institute Science Museum. It approaches its examination of organisms by looking at four levels of interaction--individual, family, neighborhood and "circle of life."
Kimball's Biology Pages
This page leads to a large number of pages produced by John W. Kimball, author of the Kimball Biology text.
Nanoworld
Nanoworld comes from The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at the University of Queensland. This incredible site contains a large collection of high quality images of all things microscopic, including anatomical, entomological, and microbiological subjects. The images are available for free download with registration (also free, I believe). There is a fee if any of the images are used in a publication.
Talk.Origins Archive
talk.origins is a long running newsgroup devoted to the discussion of evolution. This archive is a collection of the very high quality FAQs which have been prepared for this newsgroup. The authors of the various articles and explanations are often high profile biologists and the material is superb. This is *the* best clearinghouse for information and arguments supporting evolution against the claims of creationists.
Bioinformatics
This site describes the work of the Bioinformatics group at The Research School of Biological Sciences in Canberra, Australia. In includes information about molecular biology and biodiversity. The site includes databases on grasses of Australia and on viruses. It also includes some downloadable software for use in molecular analysis.
Bugs in the News!
This site is maintained by Dr. John C. Brown of the Department of Molecular Biosciences at U.Kansas. It contains some terrific information. He has a section of "What the heck is..." articles which address a variety of general biology questions, as well as a couple of sections devoted primarily to microbiology.
Smallest Page on the Web
This site contains a lot of images of microorganisms, including bacteria, protists, rotifers.
Database of Macromolecular Movements
This site describes the motions that occur in proteins and other macromolecules, particularly using animations and movies. Associated with it are a variety of free software tools for structural analysis.
The Cell Nucleus
This site contains information about the nucleus of the cell. The opening page shows a clickable electron micrograph of the nucleus with links to several different pages discussing different aspects of the structure and function of the nucleus.
Alternation of Generations
This site is part of an on line textbook prepared by Dr. John W. Kimball, renouned author of biology texts.
Odyssey Expeditions
This site advertises summer oceanographic adventures for students. It also includes a variety of types of information related to oceanography, including a nice little introduction to the properties of water.
The Genetics Page
This is a nice privately produced page from Australia which presents a minicourse on genetics. It's only real drawback is its address--as a geocities site it suffers from an excess of popup advertisements.
Teaching About Evolution
This site contains a lot of information for teachers about the teaching of evolution, including answers to some of the major challenges and a number of suggested activities to use with students.
Mitosis Page
This page is a discourse on the process of mitosis from Professor Stephen M. Wolniak from the University of Maryland.
Dictionary of Cell Biology
This nifty site is a compendium of information about all aspects of cell structure and function. It begins with a clickable diagram of a cell which leads to all sorts of information.
Dinosaur Eggs
This National Geographic site provides an interactive exercise in the investigation of dinosaur eggs, using images and information from the Gobi dinosaur discoveries.
An On-Line Biology Book
This "book" is a collection of articles developed from the lectures of a college biology professor. The lectures cover the full spectrum of general biology.
Amazon Life
This web site uses the richest terrestrial natural area on Earth for the study of Ecology, presenting concepts about Energy Flow and the Matter Cycle, and information about the Brazilian area of the Amazon Rainforest. Created by Students for ThinkQuest.
The Cell
This excellent web site provides a great deal of information about cells, including lessons, quizzes, and images. The site says of itself, "Welcome to The Cell web site. Enter this realm of microbiology carefully, for the motive behind every exciting page is to educate you about the world of cells!"
A Clone in Sheep's Clothing
This Scientific American site provides resources to explore the biology and ethics of the cloning issue.
Scientific American Explore! Archive
This site provides a variety of exploration topics related to all aspects of science.
Discovery Online
This site is associated with the Discovery Channel. It provides a continually changing set of articles and activities touching on many aspects of science.
BIOSCI/bionet
Electronic Newsgroup Network for Biology: BIOSCI is a set of electronic communication forums - the bionet USENET newsgroups and parallel e-mail lists - used by biological scientists worldwide.
CELLS alive!
Cells Alive is an outstanding site containing information and a lot of images of cells, many animated. The subjects vary from human cells to viruses.
Molecular Expressions
This site houses a large collection of photomicrographs of all kinds. It also offers the "virtual microscope" which provides an interactive Java tutorial for the use of the microscope.
Organelles and Cellular Structures
This excellent site provides information and many diagrams, light and electron micrographs of cellular structures.
Structure and Function of Organelles
This very nice site provides a description of the eukaryotic cell, linked to a large number of diagrams, micrographs and additional information. Very good basic cell site.
WWW Cell Biology Course
This is the first "chapter" in a virtual cell biology book.
Cell Basics
This site takes a slightly different kind of look at cell structure. It includes interesting sections comparing the various sizes of biological objects and on the chemical composition of cellular contents.
Space Life Sciences Data Archive
NASA’s Life Sciences Data Archive (LSDA) contains information and data from space flight experiments funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This archive contains information about experiments conducted from NASA’s first experiments during the 1960s to the present time. The experiments were conducted on a broad range of species, and include human, animal and plant studies.
American Museum of Natural history: National Center for Science Literacy, Education and Technology
This site contains a lot of information related to many different areas of the natural sciences. The resources are varied from those aimed at children to quite sophisticated materials suitable for college students.
Bridge: Ocean Resources Educational Resource Center
This is a gateway for teacher information about marine biology.
Minnesota New Country School Frog Project
This site was produced by the group of students who first called attention to the puzzling and alarming problems that frogs in Minnesota were having.
Strange Science: The Rocky Road to Modern Paleontology and Biology
Some history of these disciplines, focusing on wrong turns and how they were corrected.
Marine Biology Web
MBWEB is an educational resource for marine biology students with reference lists organized by subject. Many other links are here including links to marine stations, tide information, etc.
OceanLink
This is a nifty site which follows the experiences of students at a marine biology field school. It claims to be updated frequently.
Virtual Frog Dissection Kit
This site comes from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It's an ambitious attempt to examine frog dissection virtually. The display is fairly good, though not as good as the next site. It's also available in a variety of languages.
NetFrog
A virtual frog dissection. Very good.

Biotechnology

The Biotechnology Information Center
BIC provides access to a variety of information services and publications covering many aspects of agricultural biotechnology. NOTE: This site is no longer being updated.
BioTech
Indiana University's Life Sciences Resources and Reference Tools. Includes a searchable dictionary of terms. This site actually emphasizes chemistry as it relates to the biological sciences.
Bioinformatics
This site describes the work of the Bioinformatics group at The Research School of Biological Sciences in Canberra, Australia. In includes information about molecular biology and biodiversity. The site includes databases on grasses of Australia and on viruses. It also includes some downloadable software for use in molecular analysis.
Virtual Genome Center
The Virtual Genome Center is a place where molecular biologists can access tools and databases to do their work. The VGC has no director, staff, grant support, or corporate sponsors.
Database of Macromolecular Movements
This site describes the motions that occur in proteins and other macromolecules, particularly using animations and movies. Associated with it are a variety of free software tools for structural analysis.
A Few Words About DNA and Chromatin
This article has, for the most part, been extracted from the Ph.D. dissertation A Theoretical Investigation of Cell Cycle Effects and Interspecies Radiosensitivities, by R.D. Stewart (1997).
DNAVaccine.com
This site brings together a large amount of information about the development of vaccines.
Jena Image Library of Biological Macromolecules
The IMB Jena Image Library of Biological Macromolecules contains visual and other information on three-dimensional biopolymer structures. It provides access to all structure entries deposited at the Protein Data Bank (PDB) or at the Nucleic Acid Database (NDB).
Primer on Molecular Genetics
This department of Energy site provides a basic lesson on Molecular Genetics and biotechnology.
National Center for Genome Resources
This site contains a lot of inforamation about some fairly specific areas of genome research. It's databases include the Genome Sequence Database and the Plant Disease Resistance Genes Database.
GeneMap'99
This site is the electronic database that accompanies the Gene Map paper (Deloukas, P., et al., Science 282, 744-746, 1998. It also includes information on how genome mapping is done.

Botany

Biodiversity and Biological Collections
This hub site contains lists of links of interest in several different areas of biology, including Herpetology, Entomology and Botany.
Biotechnology Information Center
BIC provides access to a variety of information services and publications covering many aspects of agricultural biotechnology.
International Organization for Plant Information
This site contains a global plant database, and a database of plant databases. It also links to a variety of other plant resources.
Internet Directory for Botany
This is a gateway site to hundreds of botanical sites, from herbaria to arboretums, and from universities to individual botanists.
Plant Conservation Alliance
This government site is dedicated to promoting the preservation of native plants. It includes considerable information about this organization, as well as links to a variety of Outreach programs.
Celebrating Wildflowers
This site offers a charming clickable map which links to a variety of Educational Resources and activities, including a wildflower coloring book.
The Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois
This page-through site is an excellent, informational introduction to the tallgrass prairie of Illinois. After several pages of general description, it provides an index of on line images of priarie plants, including a variety of images of each plant. It also includes lists of natural and restored prairies in Illinois, including the CoD prairies.
Alternation of Generations
This site is part of an on line textbook prepared by Dr. John W. Kimball, renouned author of biology texts.
National Center for Genome Resources
This site contains a lot of inforamation about some fairly specific areas of genome research. Its databases include the Genome Sequence Database and the Plant Disease Resistance Genes Database.
Carnivorous Plant FAQ of the International Carnivorous Plant Society
Here you may learn about the ecology, cultivation, conservation, and taxonomy of carnivorous plants.
The Carnivorous Plant Enthusiasts' Web Site of Knowledge
This site is primarily focused on information for those who wish to cultivate carnivorous plants, though it contains a lot of general information as well..
Carnivorous Plants and their Habitats
This is a German site, though it's written in English. Its subject is the ecological settings of carnivorous plants. It also boasts one of the funnier front page graphics I've encountered.
Carnivorous Plants
This is a personal site of a collector and cultivator of carnivorous plants. It does contain some information about the plants he grows.

Ecology

Illinois Natural History Survey
This site is the home page for this ongoing project. It includes likes to the INHS library, publications, and online data.
Bioinformatics
This site describes the work of the Bioinformatics group at The Research School of Biological Sciences in Canberra, Australia. In includes information about molecular biology and biodiversity. The site includes databases on grasses of Australia and on viruses. It also includes some downloadable software for use in molecular analysis.
Biodiversity and Conservation
This is a hypertext book. The book is used in an ecology course at the University of California. Besides the book itself, the site includes such features as the Link of the Day and the ActionItem of the Day.
Desertification Information Network
This site contains a variety of information concerning desertification, particularly in Africa. It includes links to photographs, maps and biodiversity information.
EE-Link: Endangered Species
This site offers a large variety of information about endangered species. The scope is world wide, though the primary source of information seems to be US agencies.
Environmental Education-Link
This site is a gateway for many sites related to the environment and environmental education.
Native Plant Conservation Initiative
This government site is dedicated to promoting the preservation of native plants. It includes considerable information about this organization, as well as links to a variety of Outreach programs.
Celebrating Wildflowers
This site offers a charming clickable map which links to a variety of Educational Resources and activities, including a wildflower coloring book.
The Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois
This page-through site is an excellent, informational introduction to the tallgrass prairie of Illinois. After several pages of general description, it provides an index of on line images of priarie plants, including a variety of images of each plant. It also includes lists of natural and restored prairies in Illinois, including the CoD prairies.
The LITCHI project
LITCHI is a collaborative project on "taxonomically intelligent" software for interrelating species diversity databases with differing taxonomic treatments. It is being carried out by three research groups in Cardiff, Southampton and Reading Universities.
Environmental Protection Agency
Home page for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Natural Resources Research Information Pages
Natural Resources Research Information Pages (NRRIPS) are intended to be an Internet resource guide for researchers, practitioners and students in the natural resources field.
Master Environmental Library
The Master Environmental Library (MEL) is a Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO) sponsored, one-stop site for ordering environmental information. Through MEL, users can locate and order environmental information that resides at different United States military and Government sites.
Business Publishers
Publishers of nearly 50 newsletters and publications covering the environment, construction, energy, health and safety, human services, education and transportation.
NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service
This site is a gateway to a variety of subsite locations providing information about environmental, oceanographic, climatic, geophysical, and other aspects of environmental concern.
Amazon Life
This web site uses the richest terrestrial natural area on Earth for the study of Ecology, presenting concepts about Energy Flow and the Matter Cycle, and information about the Brazilian area of the Amazon Rainforest. Created by Students for ThinkQuest.
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
This site provides a number of interesting articles and informational material about the species of the NA prairie. Its focus is primarily (though not exclusively) on animal species. The site also offers an interesting "Postcards from the Priarie" optiion, which allows you to send an electronic postcard, complete with prairie-specific message and stamp.
Biodiversity (World Resources Institute)
This searchable site offers an array of kinds of information related to biodiversity. Besides information about meetings, etc., it also includes a number of sections with a variety of ecological information. The title of the site is more restrictive than the content.
WhaleNet
The WhaleNet site is located at Wheelock college in Boston. Its searchable contents provide a variety of infomation about whale ecology. The site is available in five different languages.
Australian Wildlife
This site is actually associated with Gulliver Film Productions, which has produced a series of films about the Australian wildlife. Besides information about the films, there is a section about Australia's ecosystems, and a secition containing video clips.
Reef Life
This is a small but very nice site providing some interesting information about coral reefs.
Minnesota New Country School Frog Project
This site was produced by the group of students who first called attention to the puzzling and alarming problems that frogs in Minnesota were having.

Entomology

Social Insects Web
This site is in development, but already has a lot of information available. Its focus seems to be on ants, though there are sections of the site devoted to other insects. The site is c/o American Museum of Natural History.
Monarch Watch
This site is dedicated to the Monarch butterfly. It is sponsored by the Universities of Kansas and Minnesota, departments of Entomology and Ecology respectively. It contains a variety of information, both about the biology and ecology of Monarch, and about the cultivation of your own butterflies.
Bug Closet
This relatively small site describes an interesting entomological project taking place at the University of Central Florida.
INHS - Insects
This site is devoted to the Illinois Natural History Survey Insect Collection. It houses a database of information about insects, as well as a number of specialized databases concerning, for instance, Illinois Endangered and Threatened Insect Species.
Bohart Entomology Museum
This is the home page for this unusual museum. The museum is located in California, and is associated with U.C.Davis. The site contains a searchable database about the specimens in the museum, as well as downloadable information sheets.
Katydids of La Selva
This site is an interactive, image based key to this group of insects.
Nanoworld
This site is devoted to things very small--from molecules to microorganisms.
The Yuckiest Site on the Internet
This site, originally devoted to worms and cockroaches, is a fascinating source of obscure information and strange activities. The focus of interest has broadened to include other yucky organisms.
Entomology Index of Internet Resources
This Iowa State site is a gateway to many, many entomology related sites.
Flybrain
This site is devoted to the rather unusual presentation of information about the nervous system of Drosophila.
Bugscope
Bugscope is a fascinating database of images of insects, primarily taken with the scanning electron microscope. It also offers a variety of 3-D images. Fun and enteratainment for Bugologists around the world.
Carl Hayden Bee Research Center
This site is associated with the government, and seems to be a very extensive bee research database. It also includes a lot of student-oriented content and activity.

Evolution

Talk.Origins Archive
talk.origins is a long running newsgroup devoted to the discussion of evolution. This archive is a collection of the very high quality FAQs which have been prepared for this newsgroup. The authors of the various articles and explanations are often high profile biologists and the material is superb. This is *the* best clearinghouse for information and arguments supporting evolution against the claims of creationists.
UC Museum of Paleontology
This is the home site of the Museum of Paleontology at UC Berkeley. It includes a number of on-line exhibits on related subjects, such as evolution, phylogeny, geologic time, etc. As part of the Evolution exhibit, the site includes a clickable biographical time line that represents a terrific informational resource. The same area provides an excellent module on Systematics, with a focus on cladistics. A terrific site.
Bioinformatics
This site describes the work of the Bioinformatics group at The Research School of Biological Sciences in Canberra, Australia. In includes information about molecular biology and biodiversity. The site includes databases on grasses of Australia and on viruses. It also includes some downloadable software for use in molecular analysis.
Teaching About Evolution
This site contains a lot of information for teachers about the teaching of evolution, including answers to some of the major challenges and a number of suggested activities to use with students.
Crustacean Evolutionary Patterns
This site from Amsterdam describes a large amount of information relating to the phylogeny and cladistic analysis of crustaceans.
Dinosaur Eggs
This National Geographic site provides an interactive exercise in the investigation of dinosaur eggs, using images and information from the Gobi dinosaur discoveries.
The Tree of Life
This is a superb system of web pages. The Tree of Life is a project containing information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their history, and characteristics. The information is linked together in the form of the evolutionary tree that connects all organisms to each other.
Royal Tyrrell Museum Tour
This virtual museum includes "exhibits" of almost 40 dinosaurs. Very nice site.
Anthropology in the News
This site is associated with Texas A&M. It offers links to very recent news items related to physical and cultural anthropology.
Burgess Shale Fossils
This site is dedicated to the wonderful fossils extracted from the Burgess Shale in British Columbia's Yoho National Park. This fossil bed represents an incredible collection of fossils of soft bodied creatures from the mid-Cambrian period.
Evolution Entrance: UCMP
This site comes from the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California. It includes articles on evolutionary timelines and specific evolutionary issues--such as the origin of birds. It also includes a variety of essays about significant people in the history of biology (emphasizing evolutionary biology, of course).
Urvanowicz on Darwin
This is an interesting paper about the life and times of Charles Darwin. In includes a lot of personal information about his family and personal life, as well as information about his career and work.
Dino Russ's Lair
Dino Russ's Lair is one of the best dinosaur sites on the web. It contains a lot of information and many great images.
Dinosauria On-Line
Dinosauria is a compendium site. It is very information-dense. Among its offerings are pronunciation guides, name translations, a geological chart, an extensive list of dinosaur genera, and a dictionary of the terms used in anatomical descriptions of dinosaurs and other vertebrates.
The C. Warren Irvin, Jr., Collection of Charles Darwin and Darwiniana
This is a fascinating site. It's the personal "journal" of a man who developed a passion for Darwin's ideas and work.
Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences, Second Edition
The 1999 statement from the NAS regarding the inclusion of creationism in the teaching of science.

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