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Encyclopedia of Life

The Half-Earth Project Educator Ambassador program provides educators with compelling, classroom-ready content designed to engage students in biodiversity science and conservation.

This week, lead Educator Ambassador Dennis Liu interviews biologist, entomologist and data scientist Katja Schulz about the Encyclopedia of Life. Classroom materials included.

A virtual home for every species on Earth: A Conversation with Katja Schulz
The Encyclopedia of Life is a virtual home for every species on Earth. Katja Schulz, biologist, data scientists and bonafide entomologist, with EOL, joined a small team of biologists working on the Encylopedia of Life over 12 years ago and brings her deep experience to improving EOL. Katja gives us a tour of EOL’s 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.

American Beaver
Common Buckeye
American Robin
American Kestrel
Anna’s Hummingbird

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.