Biology is the study of life, and what could be more important than that? When scientists study the variety of that life – called biodiversity – they can use tools from ecology, evolution, conservation, genetics, and even the management of our natural resources. They find and describe new species, explore uncharted ecosystems, study how and why species change, investigate patterns in where and when species live, and study processes that make it possible for an ecosystem to survive or thrive. This section of Frontiers for Young Minds will include articles that describe, explore, and explain biological diversity on Earth – past, present, and future. From paleontology to botany to zoology (all animals big and small, from elephants to microbes), articles will address how living things adapt, change, and use or influence each other. Biodiversity wants to provide an opportunity for the next generation to understand the processes that have helped create this biological diversity, so that they are prepared to protect and sustain a biodiverse planet into the future.
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Their input and guidance during the review process helps our Young Reviewers understand the importance of their role and their connection to the scientific community.
Two Sides to a Wing: A Gene that Makes Butterfly...
Butterflies with their colorful and intricate wing patterns have inspired artists and poets for many centuries. The...
Diversity of Tropical Spiders
Spiders are among the most diverse groups of animals on the planet. Indeed, there are over 45 thousand known species of...
How Do Banana Flowers Develop?
Banana flowers form deep within the stem of the banana plant long before they appear to us. The flowers occur in groups...
Fish Glow Fluorescent Red in the Deep, Blue Sea
Under the sea, everything looks blue! That’s because the water sucks up all the red light but not the blue light. This...