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Ask A Biologist

Ask A BiologistCharles Kazilek, creator of Ask A Biologist

Charles Kazilek, creator of Ask A Biologist, delights audiences of all ages by presenting scientific information as stories. Before Google existed, he saw the internet as a powerful teaching tool. Over the years, this site has grown from a question and answer format to include articles, videos, and podcasts created by and with students. Watch the videos for the amazing story of the site and its resources.

Ask A Biologist began in 1997 in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. The site continues to be developed and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. Members of ASU faculty and staff are always accessible through email.

Questions About Science or Nature? Ask A Biologist!

The Mighty Morphin Tree Lizards article discusses the appearance, behavior, and research into hormones for a common Phoenix-area lizard.

The Ask A Biologist gallery is a hands-on educational resource for teachers and students. Science comes alive with a web-based learning center that contains pretty much any biology-related information imaginable. It started fourteen years ago as a question and answer site where students could write in for answers to challenging questions—and grew! Now the site abounds with articles, activities, and experiments for grades pre-K–12. This engaging material is freely accessible to anyone and everyone who is curious about the world around them.

Though specifically designed for students, any lifelong learner will enjoy the array of content. Create hypotheses and perform experiments with household staples. True to its roots, a team of volunteers still answers questions. Ask A Biologist is visited by over 3,000 people every day and has answered more than 25,000 questions.

Site Features

Multimedia

Dr. Biology's interactive activities directly engage students. The Mysterious World of Dr. Biology provides a platform for students to create and showcase comic books. This portion of the site was specifically designed to help students develop skills in language arts, fine arts, science, and technology.

The Body Depot is an ongoing collaboration with the Arizona Science Center. Funding is provided by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This section offers online comics, videos, home experiments, and the Monster Manual that simulates DNA coding, with more content coming soon.

Dr. Biology is interviewing field biologists for a series of podcasts. These 30-minute, downloadable interviews offer expert information on everything from crickets in Kauai to the mechanics of bird flight. A selection of videos supplements material in online articles.

Ask a Question

A brigade of biologists is available to answer any questions a student may have about biology. Fill out an online request and you will likely receive an answer within three days.

Liven up the classroom experience! Educators can search by category, grade level, and activity type for quizzes, videos, activities for any age group. Explore the possibilities of this tool by clicking on the learn button to the right.

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Puzzles and More

Puzzles and quizzes supplement over 40 Ask A Biologist articles. Word searches and more advanced crossword puzzles are created from article material and presented in a convenient table. Quizzes are linked from an article’s sidebar.

Teacher's Toolbox
Teacher's Toolbox Learning Button

Liven up the classroom experience! Educators can search by category, grade level, and activity type for quizzes, videos, activities for any age group. Explore the possibilities of this tool by clicking on the learn button to the right.


Sample Articles and Activities

Bird Finder

Gambel’s quail

Ask A Biologist’s Bird Finder contains facts on birds from all over Arizona. This guide will help you identify a bird you have seen by asking questions about what the bird looks like and where it was found.

Invisible Watery World (Middle school, approximately)

Sample Experiments

Heavy Water (3–4 grade, approximately)

Bending Bones/Brittle Bones (5–6 grade,approximately) Part of the Body Depot