Welcome to Honors Biological Principles (BIOL 1511)

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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!)

Two examples of highly rated and high-scoring group project videos from previous semesters

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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F19-2 Olfactory Preferences in Chickadees


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F19-15: Diarrhea-Causing Bacteria Adapted to Spread in Hospitals


  • Andersson, Dan I. 2003. Persistence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Current Opinion in Microbiology. 6(5):452-456. doi:10.1016/j.mib.2003.09.001.
  • Lakna. 2017. Difference Between Evolution and Speciation. Pediaa.
  • Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. 2019. Diarrhea-causing bacteria adapted to spread in hospitals. ScienceDaily
  • Kumar, N., Browne, H.P., Viciani, E. et al. 2019. Adaptation of host transmission cycle during Clostridium difficile speciation. Nature Genetics. (51):1315-1320. doi:10.1038/s41588-019-0478-8.
  • Tasnuva, Rashid et al. 2019. Activity of Hospital Disinfectants against Vegetative Cells and Spores of Clostridioides difficile Embedded in Biofilms. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy:01301-19. doi: 10.1128/AAC.01031-19.
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F19-5 Rhodopsin Based Phototrophy in the Ocean

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F19- Group 1 The Role of Membrane Proteins in the Origin of Cells


First cells may have emerged because building blocks of proteins stabilized membranes. (2019, August 12). Retrieved from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190812155502.htm.

Lodish, H. (1970, January 1). Membrane Proteins. Retrieved from 


Membrane Protein. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/membrane-protein.

Scoville, H. (2018, March 5). What Is Primordial Soup? Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/early-life-theory-of-primordial-soup-1224531.

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F19-11 Human diet and tropical habitat loss

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Group 4: Life History Trade Off in the Interplay of Pollinators and Pests


Bio Project Group 4 Work Cited

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F19-9: The Top-Down Effect








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F19-10 Habitat Loss and Community Stability


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F19-3 The Impact of the Coevolution of Hosts and Gut Microbiota

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F19-8 Ecosystems Shift Due to Climate Change

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