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Lisa Endicott

My passion for science is rooted in my love and curiosity for nature and animals. I have successfully taught biology, health and English as a Second Language classes for 27 years in Madison, Wisconsin. I earned degrees in Biology and Life Science education along with a Masters in reading education from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. I completed my English as a Second Language certificate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I find teaching most rewarding when students dig deeper into lessons to answer their own questions. I am excited to write for Smore Science to share the extraordinary world of science. Young women, you belong in STEM careers. We need your voices and your talents. Embrace risks and challenge yourselves.

Giant Pacific octopus’ eggs

Octopus vs Squid

Do you know the differences between these clever creatures?

We describe them as strange, smart, fascinating, and amazing. Squid and octopuses are unique invertebrates because of their eight arms (squid also have two long tentacles, for ten limbs total) and their highly developed nervous systems. They belong to the kingdom Animalia and are in the phylum Mollusca. Over 289 species of octopuses and 300 …

Octopus vs Squid

Do you know the differences between these clever creatures?

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What are Protists?

Their Characteristics and Importance

Protist collage, Credit: Wikimedia/148LENIN Have you ever examined pond water under a microscope? Did you see small organisms gliding around? If so, you saw a protist. Let’s check out these remarkable organisms. Table of Contents What is a protist? The kingdom of Protista contains mainly unicellular organisms. Some are multicellular. They aren’t animals, plants, or …

What are Protists?

Their Characteristics and Importance

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Watershed of the Enguri River, Georgia in Eastern Europe

What Are Watersheds? Why are They Important to You and Your Family?

Steps You Can Take to Protect Water

Drip. Drip. Tiny drops of cleaning fluid drip into a stream from a factory pipe. As the stream meanders through a watershed, it’ll empty into a larger river and eventually reach the ocean. This chemical traveled through a watershed and is contaminating the water along the way . But what is a watershed, and why should …

What Are Watersheds? Why are They Important to You and Your Family?

Steps You Can Take to Protect Water

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