Educational resources and activities

Through the Eyes of a Scientist

The University of Missouri has put together several information sheets that highlight what our scientists, researchers and specialists will be studying and observing before, during and after the eclipse. While many scientists will be looking at the sun, others will be looking at what’s happening on earth. They offer ideas for simple experiments and observations you can do on your own, too. Download all sheets in one file here or view individual information sheets below.

Check back frequently for additional information sheets and a post-eclipse video capturing what happened during the eclipse (animal and plant behavior, atmospheric conditions and more).

Why are scientists so interested in the eclipse? PDF

Dr. Angela Speck, Co-chair of National Total Solar Eclipse Task Force; University of Missouri Director of Astronomy, Professor of Astrophysics; and Eclipse Tsar

What are Mizzou scientists asking about the eclipse? PDF

Dr. Mannie Liscum, plant biologist, researcher and professor, Division of Biological Sciences

What are biologists trying to learn? PDF

Dr. Bethany Stone, teaching professor, Division of Biological Sciences and 
Tim Reinbott, director of field operations, South Farm Research Center

How can you observe the effect on plants? PDF

Dr. David Trinklein, associate professor of plant sciences, MU Extension state floriculture specialist

Angela Speck
“Curiosity helps all of us understand the world and how to make it better. Regardless of whether you are into math or science or engineering or art or music, having curiosity allows us to take that further.”
—Dr. Angela Speck, 
Director of Astronomy, University of Missouri

How will the eclipse change the weather? PDF

Eric Aldrich, adjunct instructor of atmospheric science, School of Natural Resources and former meteorologist at KOMU

How do land and atmosphere respond to the eclipse? PDF

Dr. Jeff Wood, assistant research professor, School of Natural Resources
Dr. Neil Fox, professor of atmospheric science, School of Natural Resources
Dr. Pat Market, professor of meteorology, School of Natural Resources
Dr. John Sadler, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service
Dr. Angela Speck, director of Astronomy, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Anthony Lupo, chair, Atmospheric Science, School of Natural Resources
Dr. Scott Rochette, The College at Brockport, State University of New York (SUNY)
Dr. Loren White, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi

What are climatologists trying to learn? PDF

Dr. Pat Guinan, state climatologist, University of Missouri Extension

How will the eclipse affect insects? PDF

Dr. Bruce Barrett, professor of entomology, Division of Plant Sciences

How will the eclipse affect animals and birds? PDF

Brenda Schreck, MU Extension livestock and 4-H youth development specialist and Lewis County program coordinator
Abby Rainwater, coordinator of the Raptor Rehabilitation Program, College of Veterinary Medicine

How will the eclipse affect bats? PDF

Jordan Shroyer, PhD student in the School of Natural Resources