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Extreme Animals part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online news article discusses the ability of tardigrades to withstand harsh conditions. The article covers the history, biology and significance of tardigrades, as well as the different types of ...

Tardigrades: Bears of the Moss part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online PowerPoint presentation is dedicated to the phylum Tardigrada. It discusses distinguishing characteristics of Tardigrades (also known as water bears), their relationship to arthropods and ...

Tardigrade Species Distribution Project part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides information about Tardigrades and introduces the Tardigrade Species Distribution Project. The objectives of the project are to engage students in hands-on science and to map the ...

Tardigrades part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online article describes tardigrades and discusses how amateur microscopists can help scientists understand more about microscopic organisms called tardigrades, commonly known as water bears. ...

Life in Extreme Environments - Who is on Top in the Food Chain? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online lesson plan contains instructions for an experiment that teaches students about the feeding rates of Rotifers and/or Tardigrades. Students will use organisms collected locally or provided ...

Bacteria under ice: Some don't like it hot part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article written by Richard Monastersky of Science News Online describes the work of Martin Sharp of the University of Alberta and colleagues from the United Kingdom. This group began searching ...

Snow Microbes found at South Pole part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In the online article "Snow Microbes Found at the South Pole" BBC news scientific editor David Whitehorse highlights the identification of polar microbes with DNA sequences similar to a ...

Extremophiles part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article introduces the reader to the diversity and significance of extremophiles. Descriptions are provided of the habitat and ecology of thermophiles, psychrophiles (cold lovers), acidophiles, ...

Research Team Discovers First Evidence of Microbes Living in a Rock Glacier part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This NSF press release reports that scientists have discovered evidence of microbial activity in a rock glacier high above tree line in the Rocky Mountains, a barren environment previously thought to ...

"Year-Round Access to the McMurdo Region: Opportunities for Science and Education" part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This presentation describes the logistics associated with research in the Antarctic. It includes an introduction to the study site, alternatives for winter deployment, environmental issues, safety ...