Student Activities

  1. Students will visit this website to identify the members of deep-sea coral communities. Each student will submit a prioritized list of the deep sea coral organisms they wish to study, and will be assigned one by their teacher. This will include...
    1. the name of the organism, and its scientific name.
    2. the value of the organism to its ecosystem.
    3. the threat to the ecosystem if this organism is lost.
    4. Go to the Teacher page, and then select resources for additional information, too.
  2. Students will conduct extensive research on their organism's life cycle, food web, predators, and symbioses.  They will draw or locate an image of the organism, and will become an expert on this organism, its food web, its value, and its geographic distribution.
    1. Value of Deep-Sea Corals.
    2. What Can You Do?
    3. Image of Brittle Star inside white octocoral
    4. Deep-Sea Corals Ocean Portals
    5. Lophelia
  3. Student teams will be created by your teacher.  Each team will have one expert on each of the species of the deep-sea coral community.  In their first meeting, team members will tell about their species and will brainstorm habitat challenges.
  4. Team members will identify human behaviors that pose harm to the deep-sea coral communities. They will find out what is being done now, and what still needs to be done.  They will then prioritize the list deciding what their corporation will focus on.
  5. Your corporation needs a logo.  Visit this link to discover helpful steps in designing a logo. Submit your logo and design rationale.
  6. Brainstorm your group's vision.
  7. Schedule a business meeting.

 References made available from the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

  1. Partnerships Help NOAA’s Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Program Inform Management Decisions to Protect Deep-Sea Coral Habitats
  2. Deepwater Octocorals
  3. Deep-sea corals and how to measure their age and growth