Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps
A WebQuest exploring the microbial diversity of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps
Introduction Task Process Resources Evaluation Conclusion Teachers
Atlantic White Cedar Swamps are found in a narrow band along the eastern coastal United States ranging from Mississippi to Maine. They are catastrophe-dependent environments (see below) characterized as having water that is shallow, dark, saturated, low-nutrient, and generally acidic (Laderman, 1989). As you can imagine, the microorganisms living here must be fairly adaptable to extreme conditions. Unfortunately, there is relatively little to no detailed research about the microfauna of this extreme habitat. In this WebQuest, you will combine your skills as a creative writer and biologist to bring these microbes to life. Through the art of storytelling, you will bring awareness to Atlantic White Cedar Swamps and increase our understanding of the microbial world.