I made these videos of some lab activities that I designed. Almost no data is presented because I want you to be able to share these videos with students who are bored by written instructions. If your students enjoy these activities half as much as I enjoyed making these videos, you're going to have a great semester. Feedback is encouraged but not mandatory ;-)

Dose-Response by Phytoplankton to Carbon Dioxide from Antonio R. Chaves on Vimeo.

Conditions Affecting Dissolved Oxygen from Antonio R. Chaves on Vimeo.

Assessing Toxicity with Yeast from Antonio R. Chaves on Vimeo.

Evaluating Soil Texture from Antonio R. Chaves on Vimeo.
I am not an agronomist, but what he suggests is both counterintuitive and contradictory to what we teach from our textbooks. Nevertheless, his hypothesis on how this improves soil texture and nutrient cycling seems reasonable, and even if he subconsciously took a few liberties with the data he presented his ideas are worth a look. Although his lecture delivery was compelling I am not a Kool-Aide drinker. Here is one of most well-reasoned critiques of his method that I could find:
Enter links, general information and reviews on videos that deal with environmental issues.

Latest Addition: Expedition Wild
Topics: Yellowstone Park, bio-geography, Grizzly Bear anatomy, feeding strategies

Life in the Deep Oceans

Other Videos
TED: Inspired by Nature, Animal Designs

Discovery Questions:
1. What is biomimacry and how is it being applied to modern designs?
2. What is one problem of the wastewater treatment industry and how has one organism solved this problem?
3. What has the computer industry learned from the natural world?
4. Our curent production processes involves “heat, beat, and treat”? Identify at least one problem with this process and hypothesize how it should be changed based on biomimacry?
5. What is one of the 12 big ideas from biology, and how are they being applied to improve our production process?
6. Research a pieces of technology, identify one problem, and redesign it to incorporate the ideas of biomimarcy?
7. What should we be asking nature in the next 10 years?

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Green Editorial: Golf Courses Going Green

From Silent Spring to Silent Night

TED: Why We Can't Grow Green Fuel?

Useful Video Technology

Orbit Downloader
Notes: Lets you download videos from and store them on your computer or put them on your iPod. Files are saved with a Flash extension. To convert them for your ipod check out
Notes: Lets you download videos from and store them on your computer or put them on your iPod.

WM Converter
Note: converts one file to another format.

General Places to Find Video
Daily Motion
Teacher Tube
Blip TV
Miro TV
Notes: Videos solely about environmental topics

Energy and the Environment TV

Environment Tips

Environmental Video
Notes: Get environmental news in video format from a number of different news agencies.

Computer Recycling

Egypt's Crayfish Infasion
Notes: Disucsses how both environmental and cultural factors play a role in promoting the success of an invasive species.

Growing Algae as Fuel

The Habitable Planet, A Systems Approach to Environmental Science
Annenberg Media
Notes: Series of 13 videos on earth, atmosphere, oceans, ecosystems, biodiversity, etc. Most of the videos are approximately 30 minutes.

The Story of Stuff
Notes: Also check out our multidisciplinary, multi-school project called "Trace Your Trash".

TED: A Greener Future
Notes: Environmental lectures from leading environmentalist and Nobel Laureates.