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"Brood X" Periodical Cicada Research

Media Briefing

Cicada experts funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) discussed the biology, economic impact, geographic distribution and genetics of the Brood X periodical cicadas at a May 11, 2004, press briefing at NSF's headquarters in Arlington, Va. The large, winged insects began emerging from the ground in May. They appear by the trillions across the northeast and mid-west every 17 years.

Videos, audio features, and sound bites associated with this briefing are available for viewing, listening and/or download.

  View Briefing Videos.
  Listen to "Cicada Data" Audio Features.
  View the NSF Media Advisory.
     

VIDEOS OF THE SPEAKERS' REMARKS

capture from Keith Clay video

The Ecology of Periodical Cicadas
Biologist Keith Clay, Indiana University, Bloomington
View webcast segment. (15:04 min.)

capture from James Speer video

Examining the Effect of Cicada Root Parasitism Using Dendochronology
Geographer James Speer, Indiana State University
View webcast segment. (15:24 min.)

capture from John Odland video

Relocation and Concentration in the 2004 Emergence of Periodical Cicadas
Geographer John Odland, Indiana University, Bloomington
View webcast segment. (13:00 min.)

capture from Christine Simon video

The Evolution of 13- and 17-Year Cicadas
Biologist Christine Simon, University of Connecticut
View webcast segment. (20:17 min.)

FEATURED VIDEO

Cicada close up

"Return of the 17-Year Cicadas"
First Place Video Winner, 2005 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, credit: Roger Hangarter and Samuel Orr, Indiana University

Play the video.

Read more about the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.

 

CICADA DATA--SEVEN AUDIO FEATURES READY FOR BROADCAST

cartoon of cicada waking from sleep

Lord of the Tree Rings
Play the audio file or sound bites and sound effects.

Have Eggs, Will Travel
Play the audio file or sound bites and sound effects.

 
 

Chalk One up for Suburban Sprawl
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Noyz n the Hood
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Cicadas: A Low-carb Predator Favorite
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The Mating Game
Play the audio file or sound bites and sound effects.

 
 

Family Reunion
Play the audio file or sound bites and sound effects.

 

 

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