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Alkaline Hypersaline Lakes as Analogs for Ancient Microbial Habitats on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site features a scientific article associated with the Mars Global Surveyor Project, reporting data collected from a study analyzing Mono Lake as a terrestrial analog to Mars. The study is ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Molecular Biology, Biogeochemistry, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Life on Mars, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Diversity
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Extreme Environments: Alkaline, Hypersaline
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)

Red Layer Microbial Observatory Database Project part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is home to the Red Layer Microbial Observatory (RLMO) Database Project from the National Science Foundation, Western Oregon University, and Yellowstone National Park. Research focuses ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Biofilms, Metabolism, Biology:Diversity, Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Research Results, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Extreme Environments: Extremely Hot
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16)

Primary Productivity part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource from the Hawaii Ocean Time-Series provides a protocol used to determine primary productivity by 14C assimilation. It includes a brief overview of the method as well as the equation used ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Water Column, Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods , Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Radioisotopes, Biology, :Biogeochemistry
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16)

Limnological Methods for the McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research Program part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This comprehensive limnological methods manual (134-page PDF) from the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program provides a step-by-step guide for several field experiments. Protocols include ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods , Biology:Biogeochemistry, Geoscience:Hydrology, Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Geochemical Analysis, Radioisotopes, Biology, :Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16)

Introduction: how and when did microbes change the world? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a review article published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. It summarizes the current consensus and points of debate regarding the age and history of life on Earth. It ...
Subject: Biology: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Climatology :Evolution of climate and atmosphere, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Evolution, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:History and evolution of Earth's climate, Paleoclimate records, , Biology, Geoscience:Biogeosciences , Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Geoscience:Paleontology, Biology:Evolution:Processes, Biology:Evolution, Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Global Change and Climate, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:History and evolution of Earth's climate, Paleoclimate records, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional

Mix and match: how climate selects phytoplankton part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a research article from the journal Nature on the link between climate-driven physical processes and evolution of microbial communities in the ocean. Topics covered include oceanic nutrient ...
Subject: Biology: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Climatology :Global energy balance, Atmospheric and oceanic circulation, Evolution of climate and atmosphere, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Evolution, Biogeochemical cycling, Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Ecosystems:Ecology, Biodiversity, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Climate sensitivity and feedbacks, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Geoscience:Oceanography, Oceanography:Physical , Biological, Biology, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, History and evolution of Earth's climate, Paleoclimate records, Climate feedbacks, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Biogeosciences , Biology:Ecology:Food Webs:Microbial Food Webs, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Food Webs, Biology:Ecology, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Diversity, Ecology:Habitats, Principles, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Climate Change:History and evolution of Earth's climate, Paleoclimate records, Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Habitats:Water Column, Marine, Biology:Evolution, Evolution:Patterns
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Bibliography, Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional

Marine Microbial Diversity: The Key to Earth's Habitability part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PDF report was produced as a result of the American Academy of Microbiology colloquium that convened April 8-10, 2005, in San Francisco, California, to focus on marine microbial diversity. In ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Biofilms, Habitats:Marine, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Diversity, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Biology:Microbiology:Microbiology and Health, Biology:Microbiology, Biogeochemistry, Ecology:Food Webs:Microbial Food Webs, Biology:Ecology:Principles
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Altered by Humans
Ocean Environments: Deep Waters, Surface Waters
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)

Novel nano-organisms from Australian sandstones part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This American Mineralogist scholarly paper (PDF format) reports the detection of living colonies of nano-organisms (nanobes) on Triassic and Jurassic sandstones and other substrates. Dr. Philippa ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Microscopy, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Molecular Biology
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Research Results
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)

Nanobacteria: surely not figments, but what under heaven are they? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Natural Science article, written by the "Father of Nannobacteria," introduces the dilemma of what nannobacteria are and whether or not they should be considered living organisms. It ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Ecology:Metabolism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, General Public, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)

Nanobiology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Natural Science website contains links to articles associated with nanobes and nanobacteria from various accredited sources. A short summary is included after each entry.
Subject: Biology: Biology:Molecular Biology, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Biogeochemistry
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Collection
Grade Level: General Public, Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)