Welcome to Honors Biological Principles (BIOL 1511)

We designed this website as your resource for course materials, which include readings, short videos, and interactives. As you work, please login to leave comments, ask for clarifications, or to propose corrections to the materials you find here. There’s a comment box at the bottom of each webpage.

You can link directly to each day’s reading from the course syllabus on Tsquare or navigate using the menus across the top of the page.

In addition to this website, you can choose between two textbooks in Honors Biological Principles: Biological Science, 5th ed by Freeman and OpenStax Biology.

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Sample Videos

View these videos for ideas on what makes a good video.  As you watch, consider the elements that make each video engaging and how you could use those elements to explain evidence-based concepts (which is the goal of this project after all!)

An example of a highly rated and high-scoring group project video from a previous semester

Fun Science: Light

Vi Hart: Hexaflexagons

Evolution: It’s a Thing – Crash Course Biology #20 (This one is long, but you’ll get the idea after 5 minutes if you are time-limited.)

The Machine is Us/ing Us

Budding yeast research


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F17-09 Climatic Stability Yields More Bird Species

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F17-3 Evolutionary History of Domesticated Apples

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F17-11 Gut Microbiota and Dieting

By: Yoori Ok, Lily Tran, Michelle Razo, and Tara Heydari
Works Cited
Dufreˆne, M., and Legendre, P. (1997). Species assemblages and indicator species: the need for a flexible asymmetrical approach. Ecol. Monogr. 67, 345–366
Griffin NW, Ahern PP, Cheng J, Newgard CB, Fontana L, Gordon JI. 2017. Prior Dietary Practices and Connections to a Human Gut Microbial Metacommunity Alter Responses to Diet Interventions. Cell Press. Volume 21, Issue 1: pg. 84-94
Zhang, C., Li, S., Yang, L., Huang, P., Li, W., Wang, S., Zhao, G., Zhang, M., Pang, X., Yan, Z., et al. (2013). Structural modulation of gut microbiota in life-long calorie-restricted mice. Nat. Commun. 4, 2163.
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F17-2 Population Structure of a Widespread Bat in Island System

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F17 – group 6 Contractile Injections Systems


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“F17-5” Genomic Estimation of Complex Traits Reveals Ancient Maize Adaptation to Temperate North America

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F17-12 Deep Sea Gene Flow

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Group 8–Exercise and its Effects on ATP Production in Mitochondria

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F17-7: Effects of an invasive predator cascade to plants via mutualism disruption

This video explores the indirect invasive nature of the brown tree snake in Guam. After the introduction of the snake species in the island, frugivore bird populations have decreased dramatically. This has indirectly led to a decrease in plant biodiversity and availability.

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F17-10 – Unique Microbial Photosynthesis Discovered

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