Phytoplankton | Zooplankton | Bioluminescence


Plankton - Description of how plankton is sampled and some of the many species found. High school level and higher.

When is Dinner Served? Predicting the Spring Phytoplankton Bloom in the Gulf of Maine - Student activity with background information regarding phytoplankton blooms. Students will obtain and analyze data on the variables that influence the spring phytoplankton bloom from buoy monitoring stations in the Gulf of Maine. Middle to high school level.

From the Top of the the Bottom of the Food Web - NASA-sponsored effort to illustrate how Earth-orbiting satellites measure ocean productivity. Key topics -- including the marine food web, photosynthesis, light & color, Harmful Algal Blooms -- are tied to teaching standards. A free wall poster is offered via the website, as well. Late elementary and higher.

Toxic & Harmful Algal Blooms - Better understand the differences between toxic and non-toxic harmful algal blooms (HABs), where they occur in U.S. waters, which organisms in the food web are affected, how specific toxins affect humans, and the causative phytoplankton species.

Toxic and Harmful Algal Blooms Activities Page - These activities will help your students gain a better understanding of toxic and harmful algal blooms. Each module consists of background content material and related standards-based activities.

The Harmful Algae Page - Information on harmful algal blooms, their affect on humans and other organisms.

Harmful Algal Blooms - Learn about phytoplankton, read stories about new discoveries with toxic algae, meet the scientists at Cawthron Institute in New Zealand and learn about their research projects.


The Bioluminescence Web Page - U.C. Santa Barbara's page with information on bioluminescence research, myths, photos, organisms, chemistry, physiology, distribution and more.

Glow with the Flow - "Get your students to "light up" with excitement as you study bioluminescence. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography hosts this "Glow with the Flow" website where you and your students will find information about research that is being conducted with dinoflagellates. This research is presented in a manner that is appropriate for middle-high school students. This research reveals information that has implications on practical applications in the fields of medicine and biomedical research. Follow the link back to the Latz Reseach Laboratory and find out how YOU can get these remarkable cells for research in your classroom!" Chantelle, Graham High School, St. Paris, OH

Living Light in the Ocean - Learn about bioluminescence, how and why the organisms light up, and the current research at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.

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