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External resources- marine biology

Finding accurate and understandable scientific information on the internet can be difficult. Sites like Wikipedia can be a good place to start, but often contain misleading, incomplete, or wholly incorrect information. Generally, websites from universities, research institutes, and government agencies are reliable. The following are some recommended educational resources.

Those marked with stars (**) are highly recommended.

Educational websites with biology lesson plans

BMSC Live (Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre) and OceanLink
Example lesson plan - Invasive Species

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Example lesson plan: “Light in the deep sea” (pdf)

NANOOS (Northwest USA) 

**NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) - 300+ lesson plans for various age groups

Smithsonian Institution 

VIMS (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) 

WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Background information (General marine biology)

A Snail's Odyssey - invertebrate information, with real research examples (be sure to look through all the menus)

The deep ocean - Natural History Museum, UK

The Bioluminescence Web Page - MBARI and University of California at Santa Barbara. Be sure to check out “Functions” and “Photos”

http://marinebio.org/oceans/

http://marinebio.org/oceans/creatures.asp

http://www.marinebio.net/marinescience/index.htm

Videos

A Census of the Ocean - TED Talk by Dr. Paul Snelgrove 

Bioluminescence - TED Talk by Dr. Edith Widder 

Discovering, mapping, and identifying new species 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada on Youtube 

**MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institution) on Youtube 
e.g. “Hide and Seek in the Deep” and “Challenges of the Deep” 

NEPTUNE Canada on Youtube - Coastal and deep-sea research in Canada
e.g. "Rocky Coast to Deep Sea

**NOAA  (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) - Marine video lessons
e.g. "Deep sea benthos" video with with bioluminescence activity

Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) on Youtube 

Other

Ocean for Youth - An organization designed to promote underwater education for youth

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