Natural Science Collections Alliance

Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.

E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth iBooks Textbook and iTunes U Course

A new iBooks Textbook and ITune U course based on Encyclopedia of Life content are available for high school biology students. E. O. Wilson’s “Life on Earth” was created by the E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. The electronic book is available for free on the iBooks Store and is accompanied by an iTunes U course called “Biology: Life on Earth.” The iTunes U course brings together content from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, National Geographic, the Encyclopedia of Life, and other institutions with content emphasizing important themes like citizen science, evolution, climate change, and the protection of biodiversity.

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) content and resource are available in the first section of the course: Unity and Diversity of Life on Earth. Activities include creating virtual collections of species and accessing the biodiversity resources available through EOL’s iTunes U collections.

The iBook and course are available at

E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth iBooks Textbook and iTunes U Course
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