Student Expectations
How Will I Meet This Expectation?
How Did I Meet This Expectation?
Demonstrate ability to
evaluate sources of
biology information on
the internet

-I will provide links and help my piers evaluate
sources on the credible sources wiki page
-My post will have a section explaining the
credibility of my sources
-I can make sure any sources I use fallow the
rules listed here.
I evaluated:
it has lots of scources, gives good info on writers, has the date, dates previous posts.
The source I used for the Darwin Post follows these rules

I included a small bit of info about my scource to show credibility, and for anyone else interested.
Demonstrate an ability
to read and understand
current biology news
-I will make sure I understand all aspects off
the article
by reaserching any parts within it that i have
trouble understanding.
-I will carfuly reaserch an interesting topic
from recent scientific news.
I wasn't sure what a "naturalist" was exactly so I looked it up, and also found some other famous naturalists.

I researched the Mockingbirds of the Galapagos and Darwin.

I carefully researched Darwin's Mockingbirds by scanning many cites, contacting Karen James and also read many other articles on evolution such as national geographic and even some stuff in the news paper.
Demonstrate proper
use of online resources

-I will use pictures from fliker creative commons to enhance my posts ailaty to intrige and grab the reader.
-I will use hyperlinks for my readers convienience to see origanal scources, and I will place them apropriatly.
I used flicker twice for my Darwin post.

I used three hyperlinks in my Darwin most
Publish work that is
available for peer-review
-Before I submit my post it will go on my wiki
where a pier can review it.
- I will publish my post on our class blog.
-I will try to leave a comment with a link to my
post on the original source(s) (would be cool)
- I'll give links to my post and mention it on social
network sites i use ( like twitter, facebook, etc)
so people might read it (hopefully leave comments)

-Two Piers have reviewed my Darin post (Chris and Jennifer)

-my post was published on the class blog.

- used twitter and facebook and even gaia to mention my post and invite readers.

Discuss published work
with a practicing biologist
in that particular field

-I can contact the researchers who did the
original study
which my post will be about, and politely
request some input
on my post.
-I can find other bloggers and scientists who
have post of the
same nature and comment on their posts,
and request politely
that they critique mine as well.
- have emailed Karen James about the study. she was extremely helpful and gladly read over my post.

- Karren also answered some questions I had for my post

-On the beagle project blog, My post was featured, and some people on twitter like Kevin Zelnio (Oceanographer and writer of the blog Deep Sea News) also read it and liked it!

I left a comment leading back to my post here on the word of mouth site
Provide constructive
peer-review to
-I can comment on my piers posts, and
respond to comments
people put for mine.
-I will help at least one or my piers by
editing their posts.
I commented on endless forms most beutiful.

-I edited Jennifer's post on malaria.

i reviewed Makarios's post on "nano-food" here

- l left a comment on raechels post here
Discuss in-class

- I will comment on my piers posts which
are relevant to what we've learned or will
learn in class.
-I can connect my post to some topic
releavant to class
My post talks about evolution (learning) Darwin (learning) and DNA (have learned)

It's reliant to class because we've been learning about how evolution is about the individual, and scientist are selecting the best individual mockingbirds for the conservation. We also touched over darwin a bit, an this gives a bit more background
Apply creativity
to work
- I can make an animation using doink
-I will apply creativity to my writing to draw my reader.
I made a doink animation here
I used a quote, an had a snazzy tittle, and had a Q an A.

I Am Erik, here is some stuff about me:
In bio I like: Of course I love the snakes and cockroaches, but class-wise i really liked learning about animal behaviors (a really fascinating topic)and we actually got to go and study animals we found outside (not just boring text books studying!!) it was a really cool way to learn. here is a link to a pigeon experiment in insight, the ability for an animal to respond appropriately to a new situation without previous experience by using prior knowledge to solve it. I find animal behavior in general to be a pretty interesting and interactive topic.
Oh! the blog Is Awesome. Its really opened my eyes. Another finale bio thing (for now) is the cell project coming up sounds awesome (ours is going to be starfish design!).
patric.jpg Some other things about me: I'm currently working on a project to create a new international war victim day (see here) , its not really science related, but its definitely important to note.
More random things that pop into my head: I love the outdoors, and I do kung fu, and I like oatmeal cookies, potter puppet pals rocks, I'm going to live forever (so far so good), I don't eat factory farmed meat, August Rush is awesome...y

UPDATE!: Science online 09 was awsome, incredible evene , another ting people may or may not be interested in, I have desighned my newest cartoon charachter Fish Man! external image moz-screenshot-1.jpgFish_deafeat.jpg
just thought you should know...
Here it is, draft one
By Erik
To Save a Mockingbird
On two small island somewhere in the midst of the Galapagos Archipelago live some 100-200 mockingbirds. These specific mockingbirds however are some of the rarest bird species in the world, and the story that comes with them is so grand that while I type right now, I still don’t have a title. Let's take a trip back in time.
In September of 1835, the ship HMS Beagle arrived in the Galapagos Islands. Aboard this ship was a naturalist named Charles Darwin, and little did he know that while investigating this wondrous miniature world, he would start to form some of the most fundamental ideas in the history of science. It all starts with the Mockingbird. Darwin had encountered other mockingbirds on his travels through South America, but being the brilliant observer he was, something stood out to him while he visited the different islands. While on his travels through all of South America, the mockingbirds he found were mostly similar, but among the islands, the mockingbirds had very definite differences in size, beak, plumage, etc. He realized he was seeing more variation between Mockingbird species just miles apart than he had across the span of a whole continent. This got Darwin thinking.
“I have specimens from 4 of the major islands, in each island each kind is exclusively found, the habits of all are indistinguishable, when I see these islands in sight of each other and possessed of but a scanty stock of animals, tenanted by these birds but slightly differing in structure and filling the same place in nature I must suspect they are only varieties … if there is the slightest foundation for these remarks, the zoology of these archipelagos will be well worth examining, for such facts would undermine the stability of species”- C. Darwin

Basically, this is when his light-bulb flipped on, but it gets better. Today these very same birds are extremely endangered, and have vanished from from the island they used to inhabit, surviving on two small neighboring islets. The specific reason is somewhat hazy, but unfortunately, humans probably had something to do with it. At any rate, a conservation effort has been launched to re-introduce the mockingbirds to the island, and this is where it gets really cool. While among the islands Darwin collected four of these birds, each one different, and from a different island. Those very birds Darwin himself brought back over 150 years ago have had DNA samples taken from them to compare to the current surviving birds. By doing this scientists can see which birds today have DNA most similar to the mockingbirds back then, and use those birds for re-introducing as they would be best suited for the islands. The other awesome thing is that by looking at bird candidates, birds can be chosen who have the large gene variation as well. The idea behind this is to give them a jump start on adapting to their environment, since the individual with the best traits will survive, having more variation among individuals, helpful traits are more likely to turn up and help the species survive. Dr. Karen James of the Natural History Museum sums it up saying “We’re hoping to use the genetic profiles from the old specimens to help us select birds from the surviving populations to introduce to the old island.” Quite frankly, thank you Darwin, yet again.
You can view a video about this here.

After finishing my initial post, I contacted Dr. Karen James herself to see if should could answer some questions.

Q: also some questions I had, do you know if scientists used this method of
"selecting the best" individuals in other conservation efforts??

A: Most of the time they use these methods to monitor populations that have
already been reintroduced; our project is one of the very few that
proposes to use the method before the reintroduction, to select which
birds should be reintroduced in the first place.

Q: it seems like it would be a more effective way to "re-grow" a species, or more
successful anyway.

A: That's the idea!

-Happy Darwin Day to you and your class


The natural History Mueseum
Are there any other Species this Method could be used for? How was the role Darwin's Finches played in his thoughts on evolution different?

This is a good post, Erik. I especially like this post because it ties in with what we are doing in class (Darwin and evolution). It's also really good because Charles Darwin's birthday is coming up soon. It would be really nice if you could get this post up before or on that day! Otherwise, very good post!
-Reviewed by Chris

This is an interesting post. I think it is cool that scientists are comparing the DNA from birds now with the DNA from Darwin's birds that he brought over from the Galapagos.
-reviewed by Jennifer