Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Deep Reef Biodiversity – Exploring the Unexplored


  • Title: Deep Reef Biodiversity – Exploring the Unexplored
  • Air Date: April 24, 2014
  • Series: Smithsonian Science How webcasts, which are designed to connect natural history science and research to upper-elementary and middle-school students.

This video features 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 200-1,000 feet below the surface. See how Carole deals with an unwelcome fish visitor. Learn how DNA barcoding has changed the study of fishes.

Teaching Resources

Biodiversity of Deep Coral Reefs

National Middle School Standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Life Science

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.
Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Grade Level
Life Science