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The Algae-in-a-Bottle Experiment: A High-Impact Learning Activity
William Chamberlin, Fullerton College
The Algae-in-a-Bottle Experiment provides an engaging and flexible high-impact teaching tool for helping students to know, understand, and apply a number of concepts related to the biology and ecology of aquatic plants and their environments.

Nitrates and Phosphates and Algae, Oh My!
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar and Sarah L. Hill of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives Human-induced nutrient loading of the world's oceans has been ...

Monitoring Algal Blooms with Landsat (OLI)
Andrew Fischer, university of tasmania
Algal blooms are caused by an aggregation of either microscopic phytoplankton or macro algae. They can produce toxic or harmful effects on humans and or the ecosystem. The purpose of this activity is to teach ...

Using Carbon Isotopes in Astrobiology: Origin of Life and beyond
Phoebe Cohen, Williams College
Carbon isotopes are used in many different ways by scientists to reconstruct Earth's past. For example, we can use carbon isotopes to determine when life first evolved on Earth, and to learn more about what ...

Challenge and Persuade card game
Michael Mayhew, Science Education Solutions, Inc.
Developed by a team of scientists from two national laboratories, education researchers, gamers, and a professional game developer, Challenge and Persuade is a highly social, fast-paced, fun-to-play card game in ...

Hypoxia in Coastal Marine Ecosystems
Annette Brickley (NES-LTER Education & Outreach Coordinator), Kathy Browne (Rider University), Gabi Smalley (Rider University)
Aquatic ecosystems are home to a complex intersection of physical and biological factors and an intersection of natural and anthropogenic factors. In the Chesapeake Bay, low oxygen events have occurred periodically ...

Nutrient Monitoring in the Chesapeake Bay
Akinyele Oni and Niangoran Koissi; Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
The Chesapeake Bay waters receive input from rivers and streams from areas of Washington D.C, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and some parts of New York and Pennsylvania. Historically, humongous ...

Investigating Bacterial Contamination in Snapfinger Creek
Samantha Andrews, Georgia State University
Water quality is a global concern for natural and potable water sources. Lack of access to clean water due to poor sanitation can lead to microbial disease outbreaks, such as cholera, that can cause serious ...

Unit 3: Oceans As Habitat: Sustaining Life in the Ocean
MICHELLE KINZEL, Southwestern College; Astrid Schnetzer, North Carolina State University; Cara Thompson, Arizona State University at the West Campus
Students will be able to identify the functional roles that organisms play in ocean ecosystems. How do human-induced changes in ocean conditions affect biodiversity, and thereby the health and resilience of a coral ...

The Non-linearity of Environmental Change: A coral reef model
Dennis Hubbard, Oberlin College
This is an exercise that is used in an undergraduate, non-major course titled "Coral Reefs: Biology, Geology & Policy". The course uses this popular environment as a proxy for environmental decline ...