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Bridge DATA: Tracking the Invasive Veined Rapa Whelk
Veined rapa whelks (Rapana venosa) are predatory marine snails that have been introduced into the Chesapeake Bay, USA. These large snails eat ecologically and commercially valuable shellfish including oysters and hard clams. Rapa whelks are long lived, reproductively active and have few predators making them likely to become established if the habitat environmental conditions are suitable. In this activity, students will determine the risk of a rapa invasion in four hypothetical estuaries.

Sea Grant Program: Virginia Sea Grant
Grade Level: Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division


Bridge DATA: Oyster Disease
A relatively new oyster disease in New England waters is affecting survival rates of young oysters. Using data from the University of Maine, students will determine if oyster size, time of planting, or water temperature is significant in relation to the onset of juvenile oyster disease.

Sea Grant Program: Virginia Sea Grant
Grade Level: Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division


Exploring the Estuary! A Teacher's guide to the New York New Jersey Harbor Estuary Region
This teacher's guide to the estuaries of New York Harbor, introduces what estuaries are and the organisms found in estuaries. It provides sample activities and lesson plans for K-12 classrooms and provides a directory of estuary-related organizations in the New York Harbor region.

Sea Grant Program: New York Sea Grant
Grade Level: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school


Bridge DATA: Coral Snapshots
While it is possible to survey a coral reef using quadrats, scientists are now using cutting-edge technology to closely examine the entire reef; instead of extrapolating results from several study sites. Scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are taking video of reefs and then analyzing it via a computer program back in the lab. This method cuts down on the inherent error associated with the quadrat system and actually requires less time and money spent in the field.

Sea Grant Program: Virginia Sea Grant
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division


Bridge DATA - The Dead Zone: A Marine Horror Story
Track the Dead Zone using water quality data from the Nutrient Enhanced Coastal Ocean Productivity (NECOP) Program.

Sea Grant Program: Virginia Sea Grant
Grade Level: High school,Undergraduate lower division


Bridge DATA - More than Mud
Examine the effects of pollution on amphipods using data from the Chesapeake Ecotox Research Program.

Sea Grant Program: Virginia Sea Grant
Grade Level: High school,Undergraduate lower division


Bridge DATA - Coral Bleaching: A White Hot Problem
Assess coral bleaching using water temperature data from the NOAA National Data Buoy Center.

Sea Grant Program: Virginia Sea Grant
Grade Level: High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division


Nab the Aquatic Invader
A spectacular interactive resource for introducing students to invasive, nonindigenous species. Students act as Sea Grant Super Sleuths to hunt down ten invasives. Though the resource is geared toward the Great Lakes region, many of the Top 10 invasive suspects are found elsewhere in the country, including the Chesapeake Bay, New England, the southeast, the west coast, and the Mississippi River.

Sea Grant Program: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school


Bioinvasions: Breaching Natural Barriers
This Washington Sea Grant print publication, now posted on the web, is a good introduction to the history and science of bioinvasions. Provides definitions of native and non-native organisms, identifies introduced species, the pathways and characteristics of bioinvasions, and the habitat alterations that facilitate them. Case studies include the zebra mussel and green crab. Offers suggestions for how individuals can help and describes policy responses to aquatic introductions. Downloadable as a PDF file.

Sea Grant Program: Washington Sea Grant
Grade Level: Middle school, High school


An Endless Invasion? Green Crabs, New England Intruders, Move West
An article describing the invasion of the green crab into New England waters. Learn all about this scallop-eating invasive species that is now spreading to the west coast. An excellent lesson on introduced species. Article also describes what locals call Japanese grass, Codium fragile, an alga that is displacing local eelgrass, a vital habitat to juvenile fin and shell fish. Site links to additional Chesapeake Bay invasive species information.

Sea Grant Program: Maryland Sea Grant
Grade Level: Middle school, High school


Biofilms and Biodiversity
Comprehensive website featuring biofilms and biodiversity. Features a wealth of background information, as well as directions on how to conduct your own biofilm experiments using plexiglass discs (or cd's) to culture communities in your local body of water. Experiments demonstrate how water quality, depth, and biodiversity are linked. If your school is not located near water, data and images from the original experiments are available for analysis.

Sea Grant Program: Maryland Sea Grant
Grade Level: High school


Maryland Sea Grant: Oysters
Comprehensive site with information about Chesapeake Bay oyster history, research, management, restoration, non-native species, and gardening. Resources include articles, videos, and research publications. Site also features K-12 teaching resources including laboratories and lesson plans covering oyster ecology, anatomy, filter feeding, and hemocytes.

Sea Grant Program: Maryland Sea Grant
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division


Stop the Zebra Mussel!
A data analysis activity for assessing zebra mussel invasion risk in Virginia. Site includes background information on the zebra mussel, including methods of relocation, teacher guide, a list of additional resources, and a detailed classroom activity. Activity covers zebra mussel biology, optimal habitat characteristics, environmental impacts, action plans, and follow up activities.

Sea Grant Program: Virginia Sea Grant
Grade Level: Middle school, High school


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