Importance of Deep-Sea Ecosystems – How Diverse is That?

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When judging diversity of an ecosystem, both species evenness and species richness must contribute. After a discussion of diversity and a guided example using the Shannon-Weaver function, scholars use the same function on two other ecosystem data tables to determine which offers the most diversity. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Some pupils may need more guidance and samples before they can successfully complete the assignment
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a way to write on a large area, suggests either projection with transparencies or marker board
  • Expects prior knowledge of chemosynthesis
  • Ninth in a 16-part series
Pros

  • Links to other relevant lesson plans, resources, and videos to provide more depth of learning
  • Includes data table for two different sites with both seep and non-seep populations
Cons

  • None
Common Core