Marine Biology Final Project Information. Due date: Thursday, 14 June 2018 on or before the end of your respective class period. Link for template: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15OU2X-NofZjpWjUaJ7FLB-rloVdJyyPqsyRP2D9JY5Y/edit?usp=sharing
Virtual crab dissection. See below for resources to help you through the crab dissection.
Thursday, 31 May 2018. The Arthropod Story Investigation. This will be an evolutionary look at Phylum Arthropoda. A copy of the question set can be found below. Go through the entire investigation and answer the questions along the way. University of California Berkeley's Understanding Evolution Website: https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/0_0_0/arthropodstory
Monday, 21 May 2018. Comparative Anatomy of Phylum Mollusca. Below you will find an introduction to the value and ways we use comparative anatomy in the Crash Course video. There is also a PDF of criteria of the investigation you will conduct. This will serve as your guidelines for the prompts, final products, and helpful links for your research. This will last 2 days.
Monday, 14 May 2018. Evolution of the Cephalopod Eye. Below is the PDF for the investigation into how this taxon evolved an eye structure nearly identical to that of humans through a process called convergent evolution.
Thursday, 10 May 2018. Encountering Sea Monsters Documentary. This is our introduction into Class Cephalopoda in the Phylum Mollusca. The video is embedded below and a pdf of the response sheet handed out in class can be found at the bottom of this post.
Below is a great National Geographic video of the Nudibranch feeding. This is a version like the one that eats coral and shows the bright colors from the toxins it consumes; except this eats small invertebrates.
Monday, 7 May 2018. Echinoderm closing activity. Below are the presentations for the first three Phyla we covered that you can use to complete the cladograms in today's handout. A copy of the handout is below with the presentations.
Friday, 4 May 2018. Sea Star Dissection Day! We will be in room S106 today for the dissection. Today's packet can be found below. If you intend to be absent from the dissection today, there is a link at the top of the packet below that you can go through a virtual lab documenting the dissection.
Monday, 30 April 2018. Cnidocyte biology. Below you will also find the blank cnidocyte diagrams that we reviewed today. Here is an excellent info page about cnidocytes from the University of Queensland in Australia, leaders in Cnidarian research: https://www.gbri.org.au/SpeciesList/Cryptodendrumadhaesivum%7CGuenHo.aspx?PageContentID=4258
Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Cnidaria structure and function lesson. Today's PowerPoint presentation and guided notes set can be found below. A copy of the station lab we will do after the lesson can be found as well. Finally, a great look at the world of the jellyfish in a documentary. It'll really sting you...
Tuesday, 10 April 2018. Introduction to Cladograms and Modern Classification Systems. Today's presentation is below, as well as the worksheet(s) we will use. Today's presentation begins at the Modern Classification slide about half way into the file.
Thursday, 29 March 2018. A Deeper Look at Phylum Porifera. This is the introductory lecture on this Phylum. The power point can be found below as well as today's guided note sheet and the station lab handout. The research link within the station lab handout is live so you can click on it. Station #3 link: http://www.biologydiscussion.com/invertebrate-zoology/sponges/role-and-significance-of-canal-system-in-sponges/32608
Wednesday, 28 March 2018. Introduction to Phylum Porifera (the sponges). We will look at The Shape of Life short documentary to introduce this taxa of marine species. The video response sheet can be found below as well.
Shape of Life Phylum Porifera (video response sheet)
Tuesday, 27 March 2018. Fish Dichotomous Key Activity. Please find below the Fish Photos that go along with the dichotomous key you received in class. The student copy can be found below as well. Once you've completed filling in the species on the dichotomous key, complete the reflection sheet that can be found below. Remember to check your answers for the dichotomous key with Mr. F's copy to see how you did. Correctness in the key is not what is being graded, only the reflection set based on it. Doing the key will earn you 5 out of the 30 points.
Thursday, 22 March 2018. Introduction to Classification of Life on Earth. Below you will find a PDF of today's presentation as well as a guided note sheet that we will use today and tomorrow to work through dichotomous keys. Note: we only focused on the first 17 slides today.
Monday, 19 March 2018. Analysis of articles about classification of marine species & why classification can play a valuable role when we come across a new species, or want to analyze how animals are grouped. Directions for today's work: (1) make sure the classification introductory packet has been completed, and (2) review the articles in the links below and answer the driving questions for each article on a piece of lined paper and hand-in on Tuesday.
Article 1. New species of shark discovered in deep sea. Question: Given the information in the article, do you support splitting the one species of shark into two? Use at least 3 supporting statements from the article to describe your stance.
Article 2. In the Classification Kingdom, Only the Fittest Survive Question: Stating specific evidence from the article, describe at least 3 challenges with the modern classification system of living organisms. Use at least 2 supporting statements from the article to explain the challenge(s) you identify. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/11/science/in-the-classification-kingdom-only-the-fittest-survive.html
Thursday, 15 March 2018. Salt marsh restoration. Below are two clips of the Salt Pond Restoration in San Francisco, California. This gives both a fly-over perspective and on-the-ground footage of how this restoration has been carried out and why.
Monday, 12 March 2018. Tidal flow and wetlands activity. You will investigate the basics of wetlands and how the San Francisco Salt Marsh Restoration Project is incredibly important in re-establishing this highly productive ecosystem. The links in the paper document can be researched using the live links found on the PDF below. Additionally, two EPA generated documents are found below that can help in completing the background research on wetlands as you prepare for looking into the restoration project.
Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Tides Group Activity. This activity will be collaborative and done in groups of 2 or 3. The pdf below has live links that can be used to search for key information. Independent searches are highly encouraged as well.
Monday, 29 January 2018. Major Oceans and Seas Geography and Planet Earth: Ocean Deep video. The worksheet for Ocean Deep can be found below along with an embedded Youtube version of the documentary. You will also find the ocean and sea diagram we labeled in class for the major oceans and seas on Earth.
Friday, 26 January 2018. Density, Temperature, and Salinity Demonstration and questions. The results of the demo are seen below. Use the snapshot of the white board to get a sense for the different colors. Yellow is cool, fresh water, Red is hot, fresh water, and Blue is cool, saline water (17% salt = 1/2 of the salinity of the Dead Sea!). In the cups on the right, Red water was put on top of Yellow. In the center stack, Blue water was stacked on top of Yellow. In the left stack, yellow water was stacked on top of Blue water. Use the questions in the screenshot below to answer why these observations evolved.
Thursday, 25 January 2018. Ocean water temperature and salinity investigation. Based on today's observations (remember? the 5 senses?) and "field notes" you wrote down, you will perform a short research, using what you know already about density, salinity, and the molecule of water explaining what you saw in scientific terms (remember inferencing?). What is due? One page, typed and shared or written handed in detailing: (1) observations and inferences with different temperature water (2) observations and inferences with different salinity water (3) ways in which you think these two factors impact the oceans and seas around the globe. Hint: research is your friend!
Monday, 22 January 2018. Introduction to the properties of water. Class notes made on the white board can be found below, as can the properties of water lab we did.
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - Evolution of the octopus and human eye. Below is a great article to help you to answer question 10 and others in today's investigation packet. The packet is also pasted below.
Friday, 15 December 2017 - Kahoot! Review for Classification & Phyla exam. Kahoot link is below, paste into your browser to practice. Reminder: due to yesterday's snow day, the exam is moved to Monday. https://play.kahoot.it/#/?quizId=78bca4be-8da7-4fb5-8ba9-3c6a87743f55
Monday, 11 December 2017 - Introduction to Molluscs.
EXAM REMINDER & TOPIC LIST. Exam 2 will be held on Friday, 15 December 2017. The list in the attachment below is what students should focus their study efforts on. Exam will not cover material from this week. It will focus on tradtional and modern classification and Phyla Porifera, Cnidaria, Arthropoda, and Echinodermata.
Tuesday, 5 December 2017 - Blue Crab Biology and Dissection Preparation. (1) Open the "Blue Crab Biology Introduction & Q's" file and save it to your Google drive. Complete the two readings and associated question sets in preparation for tomorrow's blue crab dissection. (2) Read over the blue crab dissection packet tonight and bring/wear clothes that you can change into/from as you will smell like you just came from a dissection... We will not be in our regular room (S120) for this, WE WILL BE IN ROOM S106 (to the right of Mrs. Lancaster's room) both Wednesday and Thursday (6 & 7 December 2017).
Monday, 4 December 2017 - Brine Shrimp Tolerance Lab Closure. Below you will find a few resources to assist you in answering the closure questions found in the "Brine Shrimp Tolerance Lab Reflections" file. Save the reflection question set to your google drive and answer the questions using the articles below. Reference your answers to the source from which you got them. These are a bare minimum of resources so internet searches will power your answers and is highly recommended.
Can you correctly identify the male and female horseshoe specimen from these photos of the dorsal (top) side of the operculum??
28 November 2017 - Horseshoe Crab External Anatomy Lab. Below is the lab documents for today's lab investigation into the Phylum Arthropoda using Limulus polyphemus molts. Below you will also find the basic cladogram we annotated with our introduction to the phylum.
27 November 2017 - Phylum Arthropoda Introduction. Below you will find the videos and worksheets we will be using to understand the characteristics and relationships this phylum has within it. "The Shrimp With a Kick!" video about the mantis shrimp and the fastest killing strike of any animal, and "Crash: a tale of two species"
15 November 2017 - Cnidaria Lesson & Anatomy Sketches. Today's PowerPoint on Phylum Cnidaria (Classes Scyphozoa, Hydrozoa, and Anthozoa) below. Included as well is a copy of the Cnidaria and Porifera blank sketches should you want to quiz yourselves later on.
13 November 2017 - Hydra Observation Lab below & tonight's homework is below that. Please assure the question set is handed in no later than Friday, 17 November. The links below are tools to help you in completing the question set above them. Lab and question set due Wednesday, 15 November 2017 in the homework bin.
Great marine biology textbook link is below. Allow a few moments for this to load, it's a PDF and will take a little while to open. Once open, it can be searched by table of contents, index, or by using the CTRL + F (find) function in which you can type your search words and it will find them within the document.
8 November 2017 - Classification Videos - Phyla of Kingdom Animalia Directions: at the bottom of the page, you will find question sheets that delve into the major characteristics of each of the marine species Phyla within Kingdom Animalia. These will be the characteristics that you will be responsible for in this classification unit. Mr. F provide the Porifera and Cnideria question sets on Wednesday, any additional work can be done on lined paper with the appropriate title of worksheet and the question responses numbered.