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Selected Web Sites for Biological Sciences

GENERAL BIOLOGY SITES

Developed by the Biological Sciences Department of Vanderbilt University, this collection of images is divided into four major areas: North American bioregions, plant features, animals, and Southeastern U.S. plants. The intent of the site is to provide educational information to the general public.

Produced and maintained by Harvard University, this site provides links to useful web sites in the areas of evolution, molecular biology, immunology, and instructional resources in biology.

Provides links to collections of web sites in the following areas: animal health and well being, biochemistry and cell biology, biotechnology, botany, developmental biology, biodiversity, genetics, microbiology, and neurobiology.

Provides basic information about 5,500 wildflower, tree, invertebrate, and vertebrate species in the U.S.. Includes a profile of each species along with photographs and some audio clips.

Includes access to a Metadata Clearinghouse for biological data sets. Provides links to overviews of general biological disciplines such as botany and systematics, as well as links to selective current biological issues such as biodiversity, invasive species, and coral reefs.

AGRICULTURE

“Electronic collection of important US agricultural texts published between the early 19th and middle 20th century.” Full texts are in PDF format

One of four national libraries, this information center provides links to resources on water quality, aquaculture, biotechnology, plant genomes, sustainable agriculture, and other research areas related to agriculture. Also provides a link to Agricola, an agricultural article citation database.

BIODIVERSITY

Maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this site allows access to a database providing current information on the status of numerous endangered and threatened animals and plants.

Maintained by the Federal government, this site provides fact sheets and images for numerous North American invasive species, as well as information on government management programs.

BOTANY

Provides links to over 30 plant databases including TROPICOS, a database with web-searchable records for over 900,000 plant names and over 50,000 images. Also connects to the Center for Plant Conservation.

Maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Resources Conservation Service, this site “includes information on the vascular and nonvascular plants of the United States and its territories. It includes checklists, species abstracts, distributional data, crop information, plants symbols, growth data, and references.” The database can be searched by common or scientific name. Fact sheets in PDF format are also part of the site.

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Links to a cluster of databases on toxicology and hazardous chemicals.

The website of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Government information on the environment; air, soil and water quality, research, resources and links. Hosts the Environmental Atlas.

GENETICS

Produced by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, this site provides information on the Human Genome Project, links to tutorials and guides on genetic disorders, chromosomes, and genome maps, and other tools for educators.

The Institute provided the lead in the Human Genome Project which concluded in 2003. Current efforts are focused on "research aimed at improving human health and fighting disease." The site includes links to informaiton on ethics, grants, and educational resources.

GREAT LAKES

This site provides a wide range of general information related to the environment, economy, and tourism of the Great Lakes region. The environment section provides links to external organizations and resources covering such topics as endangered species, coastal preservation, air toxins, soil erosion, and much more. There is also a section on maps and GIS data on the different lakes.

ORNITHOLOGY

Produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this site is geared toward the general public and provides information on attracting and identifying birds, as well as habitat management guidelines. It maintains a fee-based database -- The Birds of North America.

The oldest and largest professional organization in North America devoted to the scientific study of birds. Publishes the journal, The Auk. The site provides free access to the online Ornithological Newsletter.

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