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ichthyology, marine biodiversity, coral reefs, invasive species, DNA barcoding, taxonomy
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Invertebrate Zoology Subject Guide Smithsonian Libraries
The Biodiversity of Deep Coral Reefs package supports students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:
MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of
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.