The new Practice Exam 1 and it’s answer key are up! It is under the Documents Page, and labeled for Spring 2014. To get the full preparation, try out last semester’s practice test 1 (the difference isn’t drastic, and should be quite helpful), and Burn’s Practice Test 1. Best of Luck to you all! Contact me if you have any Questions!
Hi everyone! The semester has finally begun, and I figured it would be a good idea to give a brief overview of this site. This is where you can come anytime and ask me questions about bio. Maybe you can’t make it to SI, or maybe you have a question that needs to be answered, like, within a day, because you have a test tomorrow and you’re trying to cram at 3am on 5 cups of coffee that are straight up injected into you from an IV. Well, that’s what the site’s for (Please note: the SI’s advice is to NOT cram at 3am in the morning with 5 cups of coffee. Nothing good can come of it, I promise.). All you have to do is comment under the Questions section. It’s that easy! If you need some practice tests, those will be put here, along with answer keys (which hopefully soon will include Burns’ practice test answer keys as well). I have a section titled “Visuals” that I’m working on expanding this year. It should prove useful in the coming months. Finally, sometimes you just can’t learn a subject from someone very well, for whatever reason. Everyone has someone they just don’t get, maybe due to the way they teach, or the fact that you hate them from 5th grade when they totally stole your Gogurt, or because they refuse to stop teaching in Sindarin Elfish. If so, there are links on this site that I’ve found to be pretty helpful from good bio sources.
Every so often I post about interesting organisms and fresh biology news, so check back here and who knows, maybe you’ll find something new! I also post some funny bio-related images, because everyone needs a laugh once in a while. The First SI session is this Thursday, so I hope to see you there! Remember, it’s 1-4pm, Thursdays (every week but holidays) in the Testing and Tutoring Center upstairs in the Library. I hope this turns out to be a great semester, and I wish everyone the best of Luck! I’m rootin’ for ya!
- The SI
The Documents Section now has an Answer Key to her Practice Final. Good Luck!
Just finished not 1 and a half minutes ago. The Practice Final and it’s Answer Key are in the Documents Section. Good Luck!
Sorry, forgot about that section being on the test! A tiny add on (5 questions) is now on the website.
Hey Guys! It’s a busy time, but I got Practice Test #4 and it’s corresponding Answer Key up and running in the Documents page. SO, this Tuesday, my hours are 2:30 to 5:30pm, so you guys can ask questions (If you can’t make it, you can ask online in the “Questions” page). On Thursday, the final SI day, I will have a Practice Final and Question Session, from 2:00 to 6:00pm. I will have pizza brought up to fuel people, and coffee or tea if I can manage. That test will also be online under “Documents” It’s been an honor being your SI these past few months, and I wish you all the best of luck in whatever majors you’re pursuing. I hope that for those who needed help, I managed to improve your understanding of Biology. Finally, I hope that you’re Final goes awesomely, and remember, I’m rootin’ for you guys!
-Aaron Glover, The SI
Hey everyone. Quick announcement. On Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in the event that no one shows up in the first 20 minutes after 3:00, I will be gone from the Testing and Tutoring Center. If you show up before this, however, I will be there to SI for the entire time (to 5 o’clock). This is a break from my usual protocol of staying until 4:20 (unless someone shows up). I have an arrangement that evening, and this will not be the regular manner of doing things. It’s just for tomorrow
The new practice test, and it’s subsequent answer key, are now up. You can find the two in the documents section. This Tuesday, Nov. 12 (your day back after Veterans’ Day) I will administer it in SI. I am located upstairs in the Library, in the Testing and Tutoring Center. Just ask for the Biology SI or Aaron, if it’s you’re first time coming; They’ll know where I am. I’ll give out exams at 3:00, and, at around 3:45 to 4:00, I will start to go over answers on the test and answer any questions you may have along the way and after (I recorded that the last test took around 45 minutes to an hour, and this test is just about the same length). Normal SI sessions go until 5:00, but seeing as this is a big Exam, I will stay an extra half hour or so if anyone has any questions that still need answering (some take time). If you can only make part of it, I still encourage you to do so, particularly the latter half. You can even take the test before hand and come in for discussion. Doing it at the first half of SI makes it more time effective if you already put out that time for coming anyway. If you truly can’t make it, the answer key is on the website as well (as already noted above). I’ll be checking my website for questions from you guys. I wish you all the best of luck, and, as always, I’m rootin’ for you.
Look at me still talking when there’s Science to do…
-GLaDOS, Portal, Still Alive
Amphibians used to be the dominant form of animal life on the planet, before reptiles took over. Most of the great amphibians died offf over the hundreds of millions of years since thier reign, and none we have today are as large as their giants. There is, however, a few representatives who could could give someone a glimpse of a long forgotten past.
This is Andrias davidianus, the Chinese Giant Salamander. It is the largest amphibian in the world. Among the largest recorded lengths is 180cm (5.9feet) feet, although they average around 100cm (3.2 feet) nowadays. They live in mountain streams, including the Yellow, Pearl, and Yangtze, among others. They breed in August through September, with the female laying up to 500 eggs in an underwater cave. The male then protects this cave for 50 to 60 days until the salamanders hatch. Their population is on the decline, due to a host of factors including habitat loss and overhunting. Large ones are often found and eaten as a delicacy and used in folk medicine, so overtime their population has begun to favor smaller salamanders. It is one of the top ten EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) species. This means that if this one species dies, a unique evolutionary line, and a disproportionate amount of biodiversity, would be lost. This should serve as a reminder to all of us about how special even a single species can be. The situation isn’t as dire for the only other member of it’s genus, A. japonica, the Giant Japanese Salamander. This slightly smaller cousin also lives in the mountain streams of Northern Kyushu and Western Honshu Islands of Japan. It eats fish, crustaceans, and insects, and is used occasionally in folk medicine.
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Finally, a fish! Jeez, it took me long enough! As usual, this is UNusual. Why? It’s big. Oh so very big
RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!
I told you. It’s. Big. Oarfish are a family of fish, Regalecidae, with only 2 genera and 4 species. The largest species, Regalecus glesne, has reached a recorded 56 FREAKIN’ FEET LONG. It has earned it’s title as the longest bony fish on the planet. It’s relatives aren’t anything to sneeze at, though. They too can reach big lengths. Oarfish are not commonly found, at least by humans. They are deep sea dwellers, and live all over the world, excluding near the poles. They occupy the depths between 656 ft below the surface up to 3,280ft (although rarely). Believe it or not their goal in life is not to eat your face. They eat plankton, squid, crabs, and krill, with one specimen having around 10,000 krill inside of it at it’s time of death. They capture prey using special gill rakes on the inside of their moths (gill rakes sort of look like they sound). It’s body is, interestingly enough, not covered in scales like most fish, but rather in a silvery coat of guanine over it’s sensitive skin. They can have bright coloration when they’re alive. Despite what you may initially think, it doesn’t wriggle it’s body around to move. The fish keeps straight as an arrow, and has it’s dorsal fin, which runs along almost the entirety of it’s back, ungulate instead like a wavy ribbon. Pretty Trippy. It’s amazing we know so much about it, considering that the fist time we caught one on camera alive was in 2001. So, how do humans come across these peaceful, mainly loner fish? Well, when they’re dead, frankly. When diseased or pushed from their home by some reason, they come to the surface, most of the time dead. This odd fish spawned the legends of sea serpents. Look at this 1860 depiction of one that washed on shore, and tell me you wouldn’t have believed the sailor’s tales after that.
So why bring up the Oarfish? Several days ago, an Oarfish washed ashore on the beaches of Southern California, followed by another one several days later. Some people (like the Japanese) have folk tales that when the fish are found in high numbers on the beach, an earthquake is soon to follow. Scientists are trying to see if there is any truth in this adage, since the fish do live a lot closer to some geologic activity and may be able to detect this. Here are the 2 Oarfish that have washed on our shores in the past few days.