Deep Reef Biodiversity: Exploring the Unexplored featuring Carole Baldwin

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.

The Deep Reef Biodiversity: Exploring the Unexplored webcasts, featuring Carole Baldwin, have ended. A link to the recording of the show is below.

Deep Reef Biodiversity Webcast Archive 

Carole's Answers to Student Questions


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.


Use the related resources below to take your students on a journey to understand how biologists study the biodiversity of Earth. Design an assessment for your class.

Lessons Printable, inquiry-based lessons that teachers prepare and facilitate in the classroom using everyday material

Excerpt from an STC Program™ unit from the Smithsonian Science Education Center: What Are Organisms?

Click-through Activities Online activities that students can complete independently on classroom computers or at home

Literacy Resources Reading selections to boost science literacy

Science Expert Role Models Links to inspiring science experts at the Smithsonian and beyond

  • Carole Baldwin Ichthyologist at the National Museum of Natural History
  • Cristina Castillo Project Coordinator for the Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP)
  • Lee Weigt Director of the Laboratories of Analytical Biology at the National Museum of Natural History
  • Stephen Cairnes Research Zoologist at the National Museum of Natural History
  • D. Ross Robertson Staff Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center

At the National Museum of Natural History A window into what's available at the museum

Q?rius Explore Q?rius, a new way to experience the research, collections, and science at the National Museum of Natural History


The Exploring the Unexplored Webcast Package supports students in meeting the NGSS Performance Expectations listed below 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