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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, English Language Arts

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  • Articles and Websites

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Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, New York City

NYBG Scientists Discover 22 New Species in 2023

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  • This article describes the importance of tracking biodiversity to comprehend the extent of climate change impacts on ecosystems.
  • Students will learn that in 2023, curators described 22 new species and immediately concentrated on their conservation and survival.
  • Students will also learn about the scientific process for tracking and classifying biodiversity and naming species.
Teaching Tips


  • The article is brief, with visual representations so students can read and analyze it in one class period.
  • Essential vocabulary words are bolded for ease of use.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Vocabulary is rigorous, so a definition list or graphic organizer will be helpful.
  • Students and teachers can share this article via social media.
  • Students may benefit from understanding taxonomy and biodiversity before reading the article.


  • The article includes links to related content, archived blogs, and categories of other articles in the resource blog.
  • Science teachers can utilize the article to review taxonomy since the hierarchy of classification ranks is listed.
  • English teachers can have students read the article and research new and soon-to-be-extinct species.
  • Students will benefit from examples of species' taxonomic position and examples of phylogenic trees.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) details how scientists at NYBG described 22 new species and five new genera in 2023 and explains the importance of systematics to conservation. The resource features clear text with all content-specific terms in boldface with definitions of each. Several excellent sources are linked, including one peer-reviewed letter and a blog that features photos and descriptions of all of the new species described by NYBG scientists in 2023. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-2. Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • HS-LS4-5. Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.CI.6.2 Determine the central idea of an informational text and explain how it is supported by key details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
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