Virginia Institute of Marine Science
VA SEA 2017 Lesson Plans
This lesson plan provides a hands-on way for students to investigate the impacts of an invasive parasitic nematode which has been targeting the American eel. Students will first “infect” pipe cleaner eels with parasitic nematodes (beads), which will then be used to simulate real-life research efforts through collecting multiple random samples of “eels” and counting the amount of parasites. They will then use this data to calculate prevalence, mean intensity, and mean abundance.
Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, Marine Science, American Eel, Nematode
This work is sponsored by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative, which supports collaborative research that addresses coastal management problems important to the reserves. The Science Collaborative is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and managed by the University of Michigan Water Center
Warshafsky, Z. (2017) Marine Parasites and Fish: How to Sample and Analyze Subjects: Life Science / Biology, Environmental Science, Marine / Ocean Science Grades: 6-8. VA SEA 2017 Lesson Plans. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/reports/820