Dr. Chris Meyer getting ready to recover ARMs in Moorea, French Polynesia. In his webcast, he explains ARMS and other techniques to measure biodiversity. Photo by David Liittschwager.
The April 10 webcasts about Measuring Biodiversity, featuring Chris Meyer, have ended. Links to recordings of both shows are below. If you participated in either live show on April 10, or watched an archived version of the webcast, we'd appreciate your feedback on the experience.
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WEBCAST OVERVIEW: MEASURING BIODIVERSITY - LIFE IN ONE CUBIC FOOT
Dr. Christopher Meyer is a marine biologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Join him in peering into the diversity of life on coral reefs in Moorea and Indonesia. Consider why you would want to find and catalog all the species in an ecosystem and what it tells you about that ecosystem's resilience to change. Contemplate the importance of monitoring biodiversity in ecosystems around the world. See how techniques used by Chris can be used by students to measure biodiversity in their own neighborhoods.
WEBCAST TEACHER RESOURCES
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
- In Search of the Giant Squid From Smithsonian Education
- Keeping Watch on Coral Reefs Lesson from NOAA on the Ocean Portal
Excerpt from an STC Program™ unit from the Smithsonian Science Education Center: Exploration Activity on Endangered Species
Click-through Activities Online activities that students can complete independently on classroom computers or at home
- Reefs Unleashed Q?rius online activity to uncover marine biodiversity
Literacy Resources Reading selections to boost science literacy
- Scientists Catalog Life on the Island of Moorea Stories on the Ocean Portal
- The Biodiversity Heritage Library Collection of Science Literature about Biodiversity
Science Expert Role Models Links to inspiring science experts at the Smithsonian and beyond
- Chris Meyer Zoologist at the National Museum of Natural History
- Allen Collins Zoologist at the National Museum of Natural History
- Chris Mah Invertebrate Zoologist at the National Museum of Natural History
- Carole Baldwin Icthyologist at the National Museum of Natural History
- Nancy Knowlton Sant Chair for Marine Science
At the National Museum of Natural History A window into what's available at the museum
- Sant Ocean Hall At the National Museum of Natural History
Q?rius Explore Q?rius, a new way to experience the research, collections, and science at the National Museum of Natural History.
- Q?rius Page on Biodiversity Featuing scientific experts from the National Museum of Natural History
- Q?rius Page on Life on Planet Ocean Featuring scientific experts from the National Museum of Natural History
- Q?rius Page on DNA and Genomics Featuring scientific experts from the National Museum of Natural History
- Collections Explore marine invertebrates in Q?rius, digitized for investigation from your classroom or at home
- School Field Trip Schedule a field trip to participate in " Reefs Unleashed" which invites students to explore the diverse organisms that live on a coral reef
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)
The Quantifying Biodiversity 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