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Environmental Links:Weather & Earth Science Resources

Main Street Weather (Weather Home Base!!)

Here is a collection of the weather links I visit on a daily basis, some more than others depending upon the weather situation and time of year. I use these sites in my teaching and to fulfill my insatiable appetite for the weather. There are a wide variety of sources ranging from the best weather machines to regional weather, FAX, radar, single frame satellite imagery, computer model forecasts, hurricanes, typhoons, MPEG movies (visible, infrared & water vapor) and buoy data from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico. Just what did weather fanatics do for fun before the invention of the internet?

Main Street Weather (Weather Home Base!!)

"Text Only" Link

of the same weather sites. Download time is much quicker!

Radar and Severe Weather

Get the latest predictions on severe weather

Hurricanes & Tropical Weather

Graphics Intensive. It's all Here!

Hurricane Text Hyperlinks!

For slower links!

Satellite Links

A complete text listing of satellite images and movies.

Just the Maps & Views!

While far from complete, these downloaded views provide for a satisfying overview of North American Weather.

Satellite Downloads and Other Maps

Real-time satellite movies automatically downloaded

Movie Page focusing on the Tropics!

Midwest Weather!

Here is a separate page with Midwest weather highlights.

Numerical Models and Forecasting Page
Weather Underground

From The Weather Underground If anything is going on, check out the Hurricane Page

Click for Cincinnati, Ohio Forecast

EARTH SCIENCE RESOURCES-Geology, Astronomy, Ecology & Oceanography, Arachnology

Visit these links for jump-off points to the worlds of astronomy, earth science, ecology, paleoclimate, paleontology, volcanoes, oceanography, and the long-range forecasts of important global weather phenomena such as El Nino.

Images Randomly Generated for Your Viewing Pleasure!

Nature's Show: A GOES 9 Visible image of east Pacific Hurricane Linda on 9/12/97. The 12 nm eye passed just to the southwest of Isla Socorro around 19:30 UT. Winds were sustained at 160 knots and the minimum central pressure was 900 mb (26.58 inches). From CIMSS Tropical Cyclone Page.

Search the Ecology WWW Database!

Try it, you'll like it!

Search This Website--Open Resource

There are over 20,000 web pages on my website! There are so many pages that it can be difficult to even know what is here. Many of these web pages are student research articles, complete with literature sources. Use the Within-Site Search Engine to look for past student research work that may aid you in your research! It is not password protected.

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Feel Free to Visit the "Course and Teaching Page!"


I have taught more than 75 field seasons in the tropics while at Miami University. Participants have included undergraduates, graduate students in zoology, geography, geology and botany, and teachers. Information on the field courses includes course syllabi, registration info and wonderful images from Costa Rica, the Everglades, Florida Keys and the Bahamas. Tropical Marine Ecology is a Miami Plan course and part of the geology thematic sequence Oceanography.

Tropical Ecosystem COURSES

(ecology field courses, Coral reefs, Bahamian Field Station, marine biology, Tropical rainforest ecology, nature photography,lagoons, Corcovado)

IMAGES & Movies: A Collection of images and movies from my Tropical Ecosystem courses

Look at previous years' submissions:

Field Course Discussions/Presentations-2008,'07, '06, '05,'04,'03,'02,'01,'00, '99 and '98

 Discussion Topic Submissions:

 Search for Topics Entered....

  • Marine Ecology 2003

    Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica 2004

  • Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica 2003
  •  since I last checked
     in the last 3 days
     in the last week
     in the last month
     in the last 2 months

    Other Course Syllabi, Student Research & Discovery Labs

    Search WWW Search Hays' Website

    I am an oceanographer/paleobiologist who is fortunate to teach both in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies & the Dept of Geology at Miami University. Browse here to learn about a variety of courses taught on the Miami campus in Oxford both in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of Geology. Includes detailed Syllabi and our new student research and discussion forum.

    Please visit the "Course and Teaching Page!" for links to my other course Syllabi!

      Student Research--Past & Present

    Student Research Submissions by Topic

    Search for Student Work Entered.......

    Many of our courses involve discovery-oriented original research. Much like professional scientists, students are given the responsibilty of generating their own project ideas and proposals which lead to their own original research. Feel free to browse the recent project and research submissions. Heck, you can even give the students your own opinions and suggestions concerning their work!

    Search The Science Center Equipment Database!!

    Discovery Labs

    The Frisbee Lab :

    An introduction to sampling design and statistical methods

    The Sun Lab :

    Use sun angles to determine one's latitude

    The Moon Lab :

    Understanding the familiar via observation & experiment

    Taxonomy Lab:

    An introduction to taxonomy and classification

    Geologic Time:

    Students generate their own metaphors for geologic time

    Kepler's Laws and Jupiter's Moons

    Students view Jupiter's Galilean satellites to "prove" Kepler's Laws

    Besides original research, students also do what we call "Instructor Generated Labs." We try to make these experiences challenging and fun. Take a look!

    Educational Projects & Teaching Philosophy

    Visit the NEW Science Center Radio Station!

    Project Dragonfly

    Project Dragonfly is a national children's science magazine funded by NSF. It is a joint endeavor created by faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami and published by the National Science Teachers Association. Check it out! Click HERE for a Dragonfly Photo.

    Check This Out!

    Project Dragonfly-Cyberworkshop--GLG 599.I, Spring (1999): Technology in the Inquiry Based Science Curriculum

    Check out the Dragonfly TV on PBS!. A new kids science show!

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    Interdisciplinary Studies: Natural Science Find out about our science education philosophy!

    In the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, we get to experiment with unique science pedagogies and teach some rather unique courses. Our class and lab experiences can be dynamic.Here is part of my teaching philosophy.

    The Digital Classroom--Tools of the Trade The technology "just works"!

    R. H. Cummins Vita (You know I'd have to include the obligatory vita!)

    Academic History





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