Virginia Institute of Marine Science
VA Sea 2020 Lesson Plans
Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology | Environmental Science | Oceanography
What different methods and new technologies are used to monitor harmful algae and the toxins that they produce?
Students will learn about how harmful algae threaten human health through the processes of bioaccumulation and biomagnification. In small groups, they will design a harmful algae monitoring program based on mock harmful algae data, and then they will test their monitoring program and discover some of the challenges and limitations of any monitoring plan that attempts to measure variable, natural events.
Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, harmful algae, monitoring
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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.
Pease, S. (2020) Tiny Killers. VA Sea 2020 Lesson Plans. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. doi: 10.25773/2v5k-ft51