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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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VA Sea 2020 Lesson Plans


Grades: 6-8 Subjects: Biology | Life Science

What are harmful algal blooms and why do they occur?

In this lesson plan, students will run their own experiments to investigate how eutrophication can cause harmful algal blooms and investigate strategies for preventing them.


doi: 10.25773/5zr0-k885


Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, algae, algal blooms

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The 2019/2020 VA SEA project was made possible through funding from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Margaret Davidson Fellowship Program which supports graduate students in partnership with research reserves where fieldwork, research, and community engagement come together. VA SEA is currently supported by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Virginia Sea Grant, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Marine Advisory Program.

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