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Teaching Resources

Ocean Biodiversity and Biocoding

STEM Discipline

Marine Biology

National Middle School Science Standards

Life Science

Key Terms: 

marine zoology, biodiversity, ecosystem, niches, coral reefs, DNA barcoding

Key Concepts: 

  • Quantifying biodiversity and its value 
  • Ecology of coral reefs  
  • Diversity of marine invertebrates
  • Threats to ocean biodiversity
  • Technology used by marine biologists  

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

Smithsonian scientist Dr. Mary Hagedorn investigating a coral reef. Smithsonian photo, Mike Henley.  Smithsonian scientist Dr. Mary Hagedorn investigating a coral reef. Smithsonian photo, Mike Henley.




The Ocean Biodiversity and Biocoding teaching resources support 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


Close-up of Dr. Nancy Knowlton in front of the ocean and a gray sky.
Nancy Knowlton
Sant Chair for Marine Science
Zoologist Dr. Christopher Meyer in a diving suit under water near some coral. He is holding a flat stanley drawing.
Christopher Meyer
Zoologist and Curator of Mollusks
Dr. Allen Collins in front of a green bush in a blue and white long sleeve shirt with his diving mask and snorkel on his head
Allen Collins
Zoologist and Curator of Jellyfishes and Glass Sponges
Zoologist Dr. Christopher Mah in a hall between storage cabinets holding a purple sunstar (Solaster endeca) that looks yellow
Chris Mah
Zoologist and Research Collaborator
Tags: biodiversity

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