Marine Ecosystem: Lobsters & Black Sea Bass
Lessons for Students
These lessons are designed to be followed by students working individually on a desktop, laptop, or Chromebook computer, with a reasonably fast internet connection. (Although it is possible to use the various tools on tablets, there are interface elements that are specifically designed for use with a mouse, and as such, certain tasks may not work as described on a tablet, smart phone, or other portable device.) We will be using a variety of tools in these lessons.
Lesson 1: Changing Oceans
In your visit to LabVenture, you may remember that we looked at maps of how the ideal temperature habitat for lobster and sea bass are shifting to the north.
In this lesson, we’re going to take a closer look at how the Gulf of Maine is changing and what that might mean for the future. Specifically, we’re going to look at at how scientists use data from observations to make predictions about the future. This is scientific practice called “modeling.”
Lesson 2: The Future of Lobster in Maine
In this lesson, you'll examine how lobster populations are changing along the coast of Maine and use a model to think about what they might look like in the future.
Lesson 3: The Future of Black Sea Bass in Maine
In this lesson, examine how black sea bass catch is changing in Maine and use a model to think about what black sea bass populations might look like in the future.
Lesson 4: Modeling the Gulf of Maine
The work you have done so far is enough to allow us to put these pieces together, to make a simple model of how these pieces of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem might function together.