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Teaching Resources

Biodiversity of Ocean Invertebrates

STEM Discipline

Marine Biology

National Middle School Science Standards

Life Science

Key Terms

marine zoology, mid-water, pelagic, invertebrate, biodiversity, DNA barcoding, taxonomy 

Key Concepts:

  • Mid-water ecosystem biodiversity 
  • Distribution of mid-water animals 
  • Ecology and adaptations of ocean invertebrates 
  • Ocean biodiversity and its global importance 
  • Technology used by marine invertebrate zoologists 

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

This tiny ocean amphipod, Paraphronima sp., has huge eyes that take up 45 percent of its body. Photo by Karen Osborn, Smithsonian. This tiny ocean amphipod, Paraphronima sp., has huge eyes that take up 45 percent of its body. Photo by Karen Osborn, Smithsonian.
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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

The Biodiversity of Ocean Invertebrates teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations.

Life Science

MS-LS2

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-1Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-2Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-LS2-3Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-LS2

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Dr. Karen Osborn on a boat in the ocean wearing a red lifejacket and hard hat using her hands to set up a midwater trawl.
Karen Osborn
Zoologist and Curator of Annelids and Peracarids

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