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VIMS Molluscan Ecology Oyster Reef Community Research
This site describes the Molluscan Ecology research program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Research projects investigate cephalopods, coastal habitats, hard clams, oysters, and rapa whelks. Background information is given regarding the history of the research, including management efforts and associated publications. Maps of restoration areas are available in addition to information about molluscan educational materials (including instructional publications and cds). Fees apply for cds.
Grade Level: General public, High school

Cephalopod Page
Detailed information on octopus, squid and cuttlefish with links to other cephalopod and mollusc pages. Site features a classification section complete with pictures, articles from in-house scientists, conference information, a mailing list, and even a section on where you can purchase different cephalopods. Links to CephBase, an interactive database with photos, videos, publications, and much more, all concerning cephalopods.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, General public

Sea Slug Forum
Scientists, students, divers and aquarists can ask questions, post information, look up species profiles, references and links about nudibranchs, bubble-shells, sea hares and other sea slugs worldwide. Messages archived by scientific name; species profiles are presented by family and scientific name, and include classification, distribution, biological information and photo, plus links to messages concerning that species. General topics section covers anatomy, behavior, aquarium suitability, and more. Fairly technical.
Grade Level: High school, General public

In Search of the Giant Squid
The truth about this mysterious giant based on the exhibit by the National Museum of Natural History. A complete guide to the giant squid, including the different species of squid, how squid move, eat, and defend themselves, as well as photographs from the exhibit. Features also include information on the vessels and equipment used to investigate the giant squid, the locations where the giant squid were searched for, and a daily journal of the expedition.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Limpet Identification Lab
Lesson plan to study new life forms and to develop distinguishing or key characteristics to aid in the study of life. Using limpets as an unidentified specimen, students are asked to develop identifying characteristics and share them across the lab groups. Includes lab extensions and alternate plans according to academic level.
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.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division

Oyster Stew
Describes edible oysters, their adaptations, anatomy, ecology and life cycle, including diagrams and photos. Provides details and photos of oysters cultured in Washington and elsewhere, reviews Washington State oyster industry, its history, challenges and changing technology. Offers tips on purchasing and preparing oysters, their nutritional value, shellfish poisoning issues, oyster recipes and sources of oysters. Includes bibliography of Sea Grant publications on oysters and other aquaculture species; as well as web links to related sites.
Grade Level: General public, Middle school, High school

Hard Clam
Species profile for the hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria). Well-written detail on the biology, feeding, anatomy, habitat and distribution of this species. List of the many common names of this clam. Special attention on life cycle, reproduction and development. Links to a glossary, added detail on fecundity, predators, and related sites.
Grade Level: General public, Middle school, High school

American Oyster
Information on the anatomy and life history of the American or Atlantic oyster, Crassostrea virginica, also known in the Chesapeake Bay region as the native oyster. Access information on the oyster's background, habitat, life cycle, threats, and restoration efforts. Site links to external information including survey and stock assessment, oyster disease research, and oyster anatomy. Also access oyster publications, status and trends, and a wealth of data sets.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

Oysters
Provides a history of the fishery for American oyster (Crassostrea virginica) in Chesapeake Bay, the debate over oyster farming vs. hunting, and numerous articles on oyster management. Research and restoration section includes oyster biology, research questions, technical training opportunities, step-by-step oyster gardening instructions and more. Non-native oysters are covered in species profiles, reports and position papers. Education resources include 4 lesson plans with background information, labs and experiments; NSTA SciLinks selected materials.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school


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