Subjects & Disciplines
- discuss the relationship among coral reef communities and how anthropogenic disturbances affect reef baselines, ecological succession, sustainability, and pristine versus disturbed conditions
- provide marine examples of shifting baselines, ecological succession, sustainability, pristine and disturbed ecosystems, and anthropogenic and natural disturbances
- discuss ecological changes to marine ecosystems within the context of combined natural and anthropogenic impacts
- list actions that can be taken to address impacts to marine ecosystems
- Cooperative learning
- Information organization
- Multimedia instruction
- Visual instruction
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
What You’ll Need
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
- Internet access: Required
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per classroom, Projector, Speakers
- Plug-Ins: Flash, Quicktime
- Large-group instruction
- Small-group instruction
Before starting the activity, download and queue up the videos.
- food webs
- examples of natural and anthropogenic ocean impacts
- marine ecosystems
- interdependent relationships
Recommended Prior Lessons
changes to the natural environment caused by human activity.
gradual, predictable changes to an ecosystem or habitat.
community and interactions of living and nonliving things in an area.
community of living and nonliving things in the ocean.
slow changes in the standard characteristics of an ecosystem, which cause the standards to be adjusted, such as overfishing leading to a lower "baseline" estimate of the fish population. Also called a sliding baseline.
use of resources in such a manner that they will never be exhausted.