Author: Colleen

I am currently student teaching at Palmer High School, teaching Biology and Integrated Science I and II. I have a BS in Animal Science from University of Maryland, although I grew up in Alaska and actually graduated from Palmer. I am working on my biology certification for secondary education. I am also coaching the high school nordic ski team until the end of February. My real passion is horses, and I will be moving to Idaho to live with my cowboy boyfriend by the end of the summer 2012.

The Scale of the Universe

I found this cool website that shows scale really well, originally called The Scale of the Universe.  It is really great for showing students something they can relate to, like the height of a building or the size of the…

Wonderful Weather

I found a good interactive animation that shows how different dew points and temperatures at different layers in the atomsphere create different types of percipitation.   Check it out here.   This would work great for students to learn about…

Oh no Ozone!

My old pal NASA has a great resource for looking at the hole in the ozone over Antarctica.   They have daily images of the hole, which was at its largest in September 2006.   The ozone has actually begun…

Alaskan Coastal Erosion

This article  from the USGS explains research done that shows how coastal erosion has increased in parts of the Alaskan Coast.   The title says that “erosion doubles” but it was only in a five year period and for part…

Alaskan Glacier Quakes?

What?? That’s what I said when I read that.   But what NASA and the USGS are  reporting  is that as glaciers are rapidly melting in southern Alaska they are lightening the load on Earth’s crust, allowing tectonic plates to…