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The ADW: a database of animal natural history that supports complex, authentic student inquiry.

Author(s): Tanya Dewey

Colorado State University and the Animal Diversity Web (

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Poster on the Animal Diversity Web and Quaardvark presented at the 2020 BIOME Institute: Cultivating Scientific Curiosity

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Version 1.0 - published on 28 Jul 2020 doi:10.25334/8E3K-C191 - cite this


The Animal Diversity Web ( is a structured online natural history database that permits flexible hypothesis testing of the data it holds using a query tool: Quaardvark. Students can ask and answer questions using real data and the variety of queries is virtually limitless. In collaboration with faculty who use this tool in classrooms, we have curated a library of activities that can be readily incorporated into a wide variety of classrooms, from introductory biology to advanced "ologies," ecology, behavior, and conservation. We will demonstrate the flexibility and power of this tool to empower student-led exploration.

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