WEBCAST: Deep Reef Biodiversity - Exploring the Unexplored

Dr. Carole Baldwin peeking out of a research submersible in Curacao with the sub owner, Adriaan Schrier. In her webcast, Carole talks about how she explores deep reefs. Photo by Barry Brown, Substation Curacao.

Smithsonian Science How: Deep Reef Biodiversity - Exploring the Unexplored

Featuring Invertebrate Zoologist Carole Baldwin

Meet Dr. Carole Baldwin, a marine biologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Join her in seeing what fishes live in deep reefs that are seldom explored. Peer into a submersible to get a view of ocean life 200-1000 feet below the surface. See how Carole deals with an unwelcome fish visitor. Learn how DNA barcoding has changed the study of fishes.

Watch a recording of the April 10, 2014, webcast using the link below. The show aligns with national science standards.

Watch Webcast Video 

Carole's Answers to Student Questions

How do you participate in the webcast program?

1. WATCH the archive video 

2. Get TEACHING RESOURCES for the webcast

3. Design an ASSESSMENT for your students


The Exploring the Unexplored Webcast Package supports students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations by offering a set of resources that integrate science concepts with science practice skills.

MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem
  • MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems
  • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations
  • MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services