Lesson Plan Overview:
This lesson stresses the idea of interrelationships among organisms and how this can persist in a challenging environment as well as introduce the impacts that humans have on marine life. This lesson also discusses the scientific approach to developing, implementing and interpreting a scientific research study. Students are expected to write their own ideas about the best way to investigate the scientific questions provided, and compare their ideas to those of the actual researcher. Students are also challenged to think logically about the events that may be occurring in the ocean environment that would lead a researcher to better understand the ecology of benthic organisms.