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Strawberry DNA

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Sophomore Biology students recently isolated DNA from some strawberries. Take a look at some sweet in action pictures below!

Olivia Stevens & Sophie Collins

Strawberry DNA & Jenna Ellis

Bacteria; it’s everywhere!

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Bacteria sample analysis!

Biology students recently collected bacteria samples from around the school, and even from themselves! After letting the bacteria grow for five days, students analyzed their results.

Biome Survival Challenge

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Biology students took part in a biome survival challenge this week. Each small group researched the plants,  animals, and habitat of a different biome of the world and earned survival days for their research. The top three groups then presented their findings to their peers in order to persuade them to vote for their biome. To kick the survival challenge up a notch, groups earned extra days (bonus points) for eating a dehydrated bug. A few students from AP biology also decided to take on the bug challenge just to test out their courage for diverse cuisine.

10 extra survival days for a quick bug bite!

Chaparral pleading their case as the world’s best biome.










Biology @ Boiler Bay

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Little treasures

This past Friday biology students went to Boiler Bay near Lincoln City to do some tide-pooling.  Several students spotted starfish, a promising sign after seeing the population of starfish nearly die off a couple years ago from a starfish blight. Students also visited Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport to learn about coastal animal adaptations. This hands-on lab allowed students to hold some critters they may not have experienced before: ghost shrimp, leather sea stars, shore crabs, and more!




Amongst the pools



Marine life observation



Marine ocean creatures



Taking a closer look

AP Biology: Studying Animal Behavior

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AP Biology students are running an animal behavior experiment with terrestrial isopods. Students will perform a Chi-Squared analysis to determine whether their isopods have a food preference or whether their “choices” are random.

What do you think the little guys will like best?


Orange, green, or earth tone brown for breakfast?



Will these little guys avoid green as much as Mr. Ball?



McKenzie Turner & Ali Mills record their findings.