National Middle School Science Standards
marine zoology, biodiversity, ecosystem, niches, coral reefs, DNA barcoding
- Quantifying biodiversity and its value
- Ecology of coral reefs
- Diversity of marine invertebrates
- Threats to ocean biodiversity
- Technology used by marine biologists
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
The Ocean Biodiversity and Biocoding teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:
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.