Ecosystem Dynamics: Links for Teachers

Coral Reef Connections

As you dive into this resource, you will discover the incredible biodiversity of The Great Barrier Reef. Learn more about how biodiversity evolves and how organisms change.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/survival/coral/index.html

Features: Lesson Ideas, Graphics/Multimedia

Reef Ecology Teaching Unit

Secondary level students will explore the ecology of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and gain an appreciation of the diversity of life that it contains and the evolutionary processes that have shaped the plants and animals that live there.
http://www.reefed.edu.au/home/teaching/senior_secondary_units/
reef_ecology


Features: Lesson Ideas, Assessment, Inquiry Materials

Science and Nature: Web of Life

Descend to the colorful world of corals beneath the ocean surface. In this exciting challenge see how food chains work by forming complex webs and energy pyramids.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/blueplanet/webs/flash/main_game.shtml

Features: Lesson Ideas, Online Interactivity

NOAA's Coral Reef Watch Program Lesson Plan: Phytoplankton and Ocean Color

Phytoplankton are the base of ocean food webs. If phytoplankton are healthy, there is a greater chance that the rest of the food web is healthy. This lesson describes how satellites measure phytoplankton in the ocean and how this information is used by scientists.
http://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov/satellite/education/docs/
3_Phytoplankton_Ocean_Color.pdf


Features: Hands-on Investigation, Lesson Ideas, Assessment, Data Sources, Inquiry Materials

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