Virginia Institute of Marine Science
VA SEA 2017 Lesson Plans
Best suited for advanced high school students, this lesson offers an example of how a biologist uses morphometrics to test hypotheses about sexual selection and evolution in snapping shrimp. Students use software (ImageJ) to measure carapace and claws of two shrimp species with contrasting lifestyles. Students can take measurements themselves using ImageJ, and then analyze using Excel.
Shrimp, Sexual Selection, Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, Marine Science
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This lesson was developed in alignment with the 2010 Virginia Department of Education’s Science Standards of Learning.
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
Chak, S. (2017) Sexual Dimorphism in Shrimp. Subjects: Life Science / Biology Grades: 9-12. VA SEA 2017 Lesson Plans. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://doi.org/10.21220/V5CJ09
ShrimpDimorphism.pptx (9898 kB)
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