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Biodiversity of Ocean Invertebrates

STEM Subject

Biodiversity of Ocean Invertebrates 

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 

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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-LS2-4Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.MS-LS2-5Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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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