Relevant Education Topics

Below are a list of education topics presented in the film and the specific video chapters where they are emphasized.  

See also the “Keywords” on the page for each of the VIDEOS, as well as the Teacher Guides on our Educational Resources page.

General Science Topics:

  • Scientific Method (All chapters)
  • Research Process (All chapters)
  • Researchers-in-action (All chapters)
  • Data Visualization (All chapters)
  • Science as Human Endeavor (All chapters)
  • Historical Perspectives in Science (Chapters 1,2, & 3)
  • Field Biology Methods (All chapters)
  • Laboratory Methods (Chapter 2, 3)
  • Captive Animal Studies (Chapters 1,2, & 6)
  • Museum Collections Research (Chapter 3)
  • Bird Biology / Ornithology (All chapters)

Evolution, Ecology & Genetics:

  • Adaptation to Changing Environments (Chapter 6)
  • Biogeography (Chapters 3,4, & 5)
  • Climate change (Chapters 3 & 6)
  • Colonization & Extinction (Chapters 4, 5, & 6)
  • Common Garden Study (Chapter 6)
  • Conservation (Chapters 4 & 5)
  • Diversification & Speciation (Chapters 3,4,5, & 6)
  • Endemism (Chapter 4)
  • Evolution (general theme) (All chapters)
  • General Ecology  (All chapters)
  • Genetics  (DNA) (Molecular Evolution) (Chapters 3,4, 5 & Outro)
  • Genetics (DNA) (Paternity) (Chapter 2)
  • Genetics (Quantitative Trait Evolution) (Chapter 2 & 6)
  • Genomics (Outro)
  • Island Biogeography (Chapters 4 & 5)
  • Molecular Clocks (Chapter 3)
  • Natural Selection (Chapter 2 & 6)
  • Phylogenetics & Tree building (Chapters 3,4,5)
  • Population Growth & Carrying Capacity (Chapter 6)
  • Rapid evolution (Chapters 3 & 6)
  • Sexual Selection (Chapter 2, 3, & 6)
  • Sky Islands (Chapter 4)
  • Social Behavior (Chapters 1,2, & 6)
  • Social Ornaments (Chapter 3 & 6)
  • Species Concepts & Taxonomy (Chapter 3, 4, & 5)
  • Threatened and Endangered Species (Chapters 4 & 5)
  • Urbanization (Chapter 6)

Physiology & Animal Behavior:

  • Aggression (territoriality) (Chapters 2 & 6)
  • Animal Behavior (general theme) (All chapters)
  • Boldness / Shyness (Chapters 4 & 6)
  • Climate Change (Chapters 3 & 6)
  • Corticosterone (Chapter 6)
  • Communication (song) (Chapters 1,2,4 & 6)
  • Endocrinology (Chapters 1, 2 & 6)
  • Hormonal Pleiotropy (Chapter 2)
  • Hormones & Behavior (Chapters 1,2, & 6)
  • Life-history Tradeoffs (Chapter 2 & 6)
  • Mating Behavior (Chapter 2)
  • Migration (& loss of migration) (Chapter 6)
  • Parental Care (Chapters 2 & 6)
  • Personality (Animal personality) (Chapter 6)
  • Photoperiodism (Chapter 1 & 2)
  • Physiology (general theme) (Chapters 1,2, & 6)
  • Reproductive Biology (Chapters 1,2, & 6)
  • Seasonality (Chapters 1,2, & 6)
  • Sex Differences (Chapter 2)
  • Social Behavior (Chapters 2 & 6)
  • Song (birdsong) (Chapters 1,2, 4, & 6)
  • Testosterone (Chapter  1, 2, & 6)