Monday, November 22, 2010

Sometimes Fir Trees Eat Meat

Diatoms. Boy do they looks really cool.  They are my favorite because of how many different looking ones there are, its just awesome. 

Zooplankton feed off of phytoplankton making the the first level of consumers.  They use their appendages to bring in phytoplankton and consume them for energy. 

The lily pad is an aquatic macrophyte that grows from the base of the lake up. Its leaves sit on top of the water in order to reach the sunlight for photosynthesis. 

By far my favorite crustacean is the lobster.  They are just too delicious.  While they may feed off the bottom of the ocean I still like to eat them. 

The barracuda is my favorite fish.  Need I say more.  What a total B A fish.  These things can grow up to 6ft long and could bite you in half.  Quite possibly the coolest fish in the water excluding sharks (whole different level).

The panther is my favorite type mammal. Panthers include both leopards and jaguars.  If a barracuda had legs it would be a panther.  Fast, agile, and a bite that means business. They live mostly in Asia and Latin America and have been seen also in the US.

Favorite Biome

My favorite biome would have to be the desert. 

The temperature in deserts can vary greatly and also there are rock outcroppings in many deserts which people enjoy climbing.  The rocks in deserts can be hundreds of feet tall and have no one ever stand on top of them. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Favorite Ecological Niche and organism

My favorite ecological niche and organism is the emperor penguin who is geographically isolated on Antarctica.  It's niche would be the Antarctic and the fish that they feed on in the water.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mitochondrial Eve

Mitochondrial Eve is the common maternal ancestor that everyone shares.  Everyone inherits the specific set of DNA in their mitochondria directly from their mother, so this Mitochondrial Eve is like the "mother" to everyone.  She would have had a dark complexion with dark brown or black hair and also very generic features. 

This is a representation of what people believe that Mitochondrial Eve would have looked like a few thousand years ago. 

A Japanese Family

This is a Native American man

An Irish boy

Men from the Ibo tribe of Africa

Woman and her child from Zulu tribe of Africa

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Woods Hole MBL

Woods Hole Marine Biological Lab is an internationally known center for research, education and training in Woods Hole, MA.  It was established in 1888 as a non-profit institute devoted to the study and education of biology.  It holds one of the largest print and electronic collections of biomedical, oceanographic, and marine biological literature.  It is the oldest private marine laboratory in the nation and employs 275 staff members year round.  The MBL holds courses and studies over the summer where around 1400 scientists and students come to study.

Woods Hole MBL

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect is a term that is used to describe how tiny changes in a system can affect much larger and complex systems.  This theory gets its name from and also suggests that if a butterfly flapping its wings on one end of the world could have an effect in creating a tornado on the other side.

michael bird