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Evolution of Ant-Mimicking Beetles

This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study that explored the evolutionary origins of parasitic beetles that mimic army ants.

Sodium Channel Evolution in Electric Fish

This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study that investigated how gene duplication contributed to the evolution of electric fish.

Evolution Course

This asynchronous course is designed to deepen educators' content knowledge in evolution, especially regarding content appropriate for teaching at the high school level. 

Ebola: Disease Detectives

This hands-on activity allows students to analyze DNA sequences of Ebola viruses. Students use these sequences to track the virus’s spread during the 2013–2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

In this activity, students explore the phenomenon of convergent evolution presented in the short film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. They build and interpret phylogenetic trees to infer how certain adaptations evolved among the Anole lizard populations of the Car

Activity for Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

This activity explores the concepts and research on the anole lizards discussed in the short film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree, including adaptation by natural selection, convergent evolution, and the formation of new species.

The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

This film explores the adaptation of anole lizards (genus Anolis) to habitats common across the islands of the Caribbean. The anoles are excellent examples of adaptive radiation, convergent evolution, and speciation through reproductive isolation.

Biodiversity and Evolutionary Trees

These two activities support the Click & Learn Sorting Seashells, in which students consider the morphological characteristics of seashells to construct an evolutionary tree. Students use seashell cards as a pre-activity to explore grouping organisms by shared characteristics.

Sorting Seashells

This interactive module allows students to compare the morphological characteristics of seashells and construct an evolutionary tree.

Teaching Speciation Using Anole Lizards

This playlist can be used to teach several core concepts of natural selection and speciation by connecting students to actual research on Caribbean anoles. It can be used in AP/IB Biology and undergraduate college courses.