Half-Earth Project
Educator Ambassador Resources

Making Coffee Bird Friendly

Author Katie Fallon, Ecologist Ruth Bennett, and Coffee Crafter Bill Wilson discuss the science, economics, and social dimensions of bird friendly coffee.

Additional Educator Ambassador resources are available here, including videos, Chapter 8 of Katie Fallon’s book Cerulean Blues, a Bird Friendly Coffee Primer, and other classroom activities and materials.

The Guide

This film is set in war-torn Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, a protected area that has been the subject of a large-scale restoration project.  The film tells the story of a young man from the local community who discovers a passion for science after meeting world-renowned biologist E.O. Wilson. Help students explore concepts of conservation biology with this companion activity guide to the film.

More Gorongosa Resources

WildCam Gorongosa: A Citizen Science Project
This citizen science platform allows students to identify animals captured on trail camera photographs throughout Gorongosa National Park. Up-level their thinking with one of these data analysis activities.

How Termites Enrich Ecosystems
In this animation by HHMI Biointeractive, students learn more about the importance of termite mounds in the African Savanna ecosystem.

Looking for more?
Check out these additional resources about Gorongosa.

Corrie Moreau: Audacious E.O. Wilson Student

Meet Corrie Moreau, Ant Biologist and E.O. Wilson Student. Dr. Moreau is now Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University and Director of the Insect Collection. Corrie had previously worked at the Field Museum in Chicago in the Department of Science and Education. Here, she talks about being encouraged and inspired by Ed, both in her research and in her education and science communication adventures.

The Diversity of Ants

Corrie introduces us to the amazing diversity of ants, and their fascinating variety of behavior and life styles. She’s studied ants across the world, from the her favorite group called the Turtle Ants for the shape and way they use their exoskeletons (cuticle) to the infamous bullet ant, so named for having one of the most painful bites known to myrmecologists (ant experts).

Educational Ants

Corrie discusses how engaging ants are for science education, and introduces us to a variety of resources and classroom materials that impress upon students the diversity of ants. Learn about AntWiki, which gathers ant research data in a way that students can find interesting. Corrie focuses on the Florida Keys, a hotspot of ant diversity both native and invasive species.

Letters to a Young Scientist, Chapter 13: A Celebration of Audacity

In Chapter 13 of his popular book encouraging students to pursue science,  E.O. Wilson tells the story of a gutsy young researcher, Corrie Moreau, who won’t give up on an idea she has to make a big advance in the study of our planet’s biodiversity.

Excerpted from Letters to A Young Scientist. Copyright (c) 2013 by Edward O. Wilson. Used with permission of the publisher, Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of  W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.


The Romance of Ants

This comic book illustrates how despite growing up in the city, a childhood fascination with insects grew into a career dedicated to understanding how life on our planet works and the particular natural history and role of ants.






More from the Ants of the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are rich in native ant species, but also a portal for invading exotic ants that didn’t evolve there. Corrie has made a study of the diversity of these ants and shares this beautiful poster and a teacher guide focused on ants as a springboard into important evolution and ecology questions. 

Additional educational resources available in this resource guide here.

Joe Grabowski on Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants

Half-Earth Project Educator Ambassador Joe Grabowski was looking for ways to make his classroom more exciting and scientifically meaningful for his students. What started out as skyping with scientists and explorers has turned into the non-profit Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants which brings amazing live programming to hundreds of classrooms and thousands of students each month. 

Explore more Seat of Your Pants resources

Mapping Design Challenge

Here’s everything you need to do this hands-on mapping design challenge. Your students will work in teams to answer the challenge of putting half of the United States into protection for biodiversity, grapple with evidence, and become motivated to learn more about conserving biodiversity.

Nature’s Best Hope

In his latest book, “Nature’s Best Hope,” released in February 2020, Doug Tallamy expands previous arguments explaining how private land-owners can be at the forefront of biodiversity conservation while also making their property more beautiful. Doug and Timber Press have given us permission to present Chapter One of “Nature’s Best Hope,” titled “The Dreamers.” This opening chapter is about Aldo Leopold and E.O. Wilson and why they are such important inspirational figures in the world of conservation. The chapter and a list of questions for classroom discussion based on the reading are supplied here.

Short conversation at left. Full video available here (24:00).

Encyclopedia of Life

The Encyclopedia of Life is a virtual home for every species on Earth. Katja Schulz, biologist and data scientists with EOL, gives us a tour of the dynamic new food-web tool, which puts your species of interest at the center of a web of predators, prey, and competitors. We encourage you to try it out for yourself and use it as a teaching tool in your classrooms. View full video.

Explore Trophic Webs

Hand’s on is the best way to learn. Explore these trophic webs and travel around this fantastic educational tool. Instructions on how to use the tool are also provided here.


EOL Educational Resources

Marie Studer longtime lead educator for the Encyclopedia of Life introduces podcasts, biodiversity cards, and other educational resources from EOL.

E.O. Wilson and Ants, Formicidae

Evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has spent his long career cracking the code of ants. It’s the ants’ ability to communicate and form tight-knit societies that lies behind their extraordinary evolutionary success. Transcript (pdf)

Insects of Costa Rica, Insecta

We travel to Costa Rica with Marie Studer and her family to experience firsthand the astonishing variety of insect life in this tiny Central American nation—20,000 different kinds of butterflies and moths alone! Transcript (pdf)

What do ants really like to eat?

Explore topics of diet, food types, food quality, and ant diversity with your students in an amazing citizen science project.

Galapagos Islands: A Case for Half-Earth 

How do people who live in the  Galapagos view the biodiversity protections they live with? Get an amazing on-the-ground account from two Half-Earth Ambassadors, in this 19 minute video.

Teaching Inside and Out

Erika Mitkus and Jonathan Bower are Knowles Fellows and Half-Earth Educator Ambassadors bringing real-world science to their students in this 5 minute video.

Marine Iguana: Reptile Behavior

Galapagos Marine Iguanas are famous for being the only lizards who swim in the ocean. Learn about their part in a fascinating 3-species relationship in this podcast.


Lizards That Swim and Birds That Don’t Fly

These articles, written from the diverse perspectives of Cornell undergraduates, explore some of the amazing species of the Galapagos. They feature unique insights and great reference lists.

Life on Earth iBook Textbook

Inspired and led by E.O. Wilson, and created with a team of world-renowned educators and artists, this comprehensive and original standards-based curriculum tells the story of life on Earth, giving students a deep understanding of introductory biology.

This captivating and free iBooks textbook, presented as a seven-unit collection, extends students’ learning in and out of the classroom with reading and writing assignments and extension activities like field observation and moviemaking. Designed to prepare tomorrow’s scientists and environmental leaders, this curriculum inspires students to take responsibility for conserving and protecting nature’s biological treasures.