Skip to main content

Teaching Resources

Biodiversity of Deep Coral Reefs

STEM Discipline


National Middle School Science Standards

Life Science

Key Terms

ichthyology, marine biodiversity, coral reefs, invasive species, DNA barcoding, taxonomy

Key Concepts:  

  • Biodiversity and its value to marine life 
  • Ecology of coral reefs and their inhabitants 
  • Dangers facing deep coral reef biodiversity 
  • Classification of living things 
  • Technology used by ichthyologists 

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

Submarine view of Deep Reef in Curacao. Photo courtesy of Barry Brown, Substation Curacao.Submarine view of Deep Reef in Curacao. Photo courtesy of Barry Brown, Substation Curacao.
Webcasts (video) and Podcasts (audio) Shows
Printable Lessons 
Online Activities

The Biodiversity of Deep Coral Reefs package supports students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:

Life Science


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

Ichtyologist Dr. Carole Baldwin at a table with specimen containers, she is holding one in her left hand. Shelves are behind
Carole Baldwin
Ichthyologist and Curator of Fishes
Tags: biodiversity

Welcome! Please take a short survey:

Click to select a number
--> -->