Credits: 1
Term: Spring 2018
Prerequisites:

Biology recommended but not required.





Course Description:

This Marine Biology course offered by VTVLC is a 1 credit course taught by Brian Slopey. This is a hybrid course with online and face-to-face learning. The online portion will run from January – May; We will also have a few meetings and classes during this time. In late June we will have 2 intensive days to prepare us for our research with Operation Wallacea, followed by the trip to Honduras in  late June and early July. Finally, a time for reflections on research in August.

During the 2-week expedition in Honduras, students research the decline of sea urchins , lion fish (an unregulated invasive species) spreading across the Caribbean that acts as a predator of reef fish, and fish populations.
This course is available for grades 9-12. College credit is available for students who are interested! All students will receive SCUBA training and certification.

For further information, visit Marine Biology – Research in Honduras Additional fees apply.

 



Topics & Concepts:

Spring Semester

  • 01.06 Discussion Origins of the Oceans
  • 01.07 What Makes the Ocean a Nice Place to Live?
  • 01.09 Properties of Water Lab
  • 02.04 Exploring Rocky Shores
  • 02.05 Crabby Crustaceans Lab
  • 02.06 What is a Tidepool?
  • 02.07 Rocky Shore Current Event
  • 02.09 Ocean Zones and the Life Within
  • 03.02 Introduction to Sea Turtles
  • 03.04 Sea Turtle Rehabilitation
  • 03.05 Sea Turtle Tracking
  • 03.06 Positive Human Impact
  • 03.07 Exploring Sandy Beaches
  • 03.08 What is Happening to the Sand?
  • 04.02 Dia What? and Dino Who?
  • 04.03 Dinoflagellates
  • 04.04 Create a Phytoplankton
  • 04.05 Adaptations of Organisms
  • 04.08 Food Webs
  • 04.09 Make a Food Web
  • 05.02 Currents
  • 05.03 Continuing With Currents
  • 05.07 Harvesting Krill
  • 06.02 The Great Barrier Reef
  • 06.03 Destroying the Coral Reefs!
  • 06.05 Mollusks06.06 Mollusk Lab
  • 06.07 In Search of the Giant Squid
  • 06.08 Estuaries
  • 06.10 Life in a Mangrove Ecosystem
  • 06.11 Nutrients in the Marine Environment
  • 06.12 Too Much of a Good Thing
  • 07.02 Exploring the Abyss
  • 07.07 Introduction to Fish
  • 07.08 Fish Adaptations
  • 07.09 Fish Shapes
  • 07.10 All About Sharks and Their Relatives!
  • 08.02 Marine Mammal Characteristics and Adaptations
  • 08.03 Protect Wild Dolphins
  • 08.09 Global Fisheries
  • Harvesting Krill Discussion
  • 03.09 Marine Pollution

Summer Session – Cuba Research Trip

  • Details coming soon!

 



Offerings and courses subject to change. Please refer to the VTVLC Student Information System as the most up-to-date resource of current offerings and required materials for courses.