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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.
Grade Level: High school

Ocean Planet: Biodiversity
Ocean Planet is now an archival version of the 1995 Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition which is no longer on display. This website spotlights 32 organisms to demonstrate the incredible diversity found in the oceans, images included. Over 99 percent of living space on earth is in the ocean, but we still know only a little about it.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional

What is the Key to Classification?
Lesson plan defines dichotomous key and its role in classification. Students learn how to make a key and identify important organisms from a biofilm community in Chesapeake Bay. An interactive, online key with photos and species profiles challenges students to identify 8 invertebrates and an interactive quiz helps them test their understanding. Designed for use with the MD Sea Grant "Biofilms & Biodiversity" activity. Outlines learning objectives, skills and processes, biology concepts covered, and related activities.
Grade Level: High school

Project FLOW (Fisheries Learning On the Web)
FLOW is a comprehensive curriculum about the Great Lakes ecosystem. Lessons are geared toward educators who teach upper elementary and middle school students. Each lesson is aligned with national and state curriculum standards for science and social studies and features a hands-on classroom activity. Lessons cover topics such as: food webs, nonindigenous species, watersheds, water quality, fish identification, fish habitat, preserving biodiversity, and water-related careers.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Bridge DATA - Fish Communities
Compare and contrast fish communities, diversity and habitats in U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries.
Grade Level: High school

Tree of Life
Collaboration by biologists worldwide assembles webpages on diversity of organisms on earth, their evolutionary history, phylogenetic relationships, characteristics. Each group described with introduction, photos, map, key references, important links. Start at Kingdom level and move down to individual species by clicking on branches of the Tree diagram. Designed for biologists familiar with Latin names, but useful for others. Treehouse pages, designed for K-16 learners and teachers, complement technical pages presented elsewhere on the site.
Grade Level: High school

Bridge DATA - Galapagos: Discover the Diversity
Using data from FishBase, explore the various fish species that exist in the Galapagos Islands.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

Bridge DATA - Diversity of the Deep
Students calculate species richness, evenness and diversity for collections of deep sea organisms using data collected from the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the Pacific Ocean.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division

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.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division

Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures
A fantastic site from PBS with interesting information about the television series topics as well as downloadable viewer guides and lesson plans for teachers. The site also features interactive games tied to the themes of each episode geared toward middle school students and a lesson plan for teachers to use the game in an educational setting.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public


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