Welcome to Oceanography

What will we be up to in Oceanography?

During this semester we will explore the four branches of oceanography including:chemical, physical, geological, and biological.Much of what has been learned in prior science courses will be put to practical use.The course is a Ĺ year elective, and enrollment or having taken in Biology I is a prerequisite.The following is a list of the topics we are covering.As a new curriculum is being implemented this semester, the order is shifting.

Lesson

Topic

Chem

Geo

Phys

Bio

Man

1

Justification of oceanography and Narragansett Bay

         Introductory PPT

         Narragansett Bay Chart study

 

 

x

 

X

2

Molluscs

         Squid dissection

         Snail experiments and presentation

         Quahog dissection and research pres

         Quahog dissection & research guidelines

         The Quahog: student presentations

X

 

 

X

X

3

Macroalgae investigation

         Seaweed PPT

         Dichotomous key, K science

         Algae field guide of Maine, Maine Seaweed Council

         E-Z ID Seaweeds

         The Seaweed Site: thorough list with pics

 

 

X

X

 

4

Ocean chemistry and aquaria

      Ions

      pH

      Dissolved gases

        Chemical indicators of climate change

X

 

X

 

X

5

The Deep Sea

         deep sea features, animals, exploration ppt

         Create a deep water sampler

 

X

X

X

X

6

         Deep sea exploration

o   JASON, ALVIN

o   Bob Ballard and Institute for Exploration

         Introduction of water sampler design task

 

X

 

X

 

         Water Sampler Test

X

 

X

 

X

7

         SeaLab Design contest

         Undersea architecture Powerpoint

x

x

x

x

X

8

Coastal formation

         Beach and sand PPT

X

X

 

9

         Sand Investigation Lab

X

X

 

10

         Plankton exploration lab

o   Photic vs. aphotic zones

         Plankton PPT

 

 

x

X

 

11

Currents

o   Surface

o   Wind-induced vertical circulation

o   Density

o   Thermohaline circulation

 

 

X

 

 

12

         Marsigliís box lab

 

 

X

 

 

13

Waves and Surfing PPT

         Tsunami

         Surf reports and tsunami video links

 

 

X

 

x

14

         Surfing 101

 

 

X

 

x

15

         Tides

 

 

X

x

 

16

Evolution of Marine Organisms

         Form and function

o   Osmoregulation

o   Shape

o   Adaptive features

o   McGraw-Hill Fish Powerpoint

         Assign fastest fish challenge

 

 

x

X

x

17

         Fastest fish challenge

 

 

X

X

 

 

Exam review

x

x

x

x

X

 

Other possibilities

 

 

Seafloor Geology Seafloor Geology Station Investigation

o   Structures, bathymetry

o   Charts

o   Conversion to 3-D model

 

X

 

 

 

Meteorology

o   Weather and clouds

o   Climate and currents

o   Extreme weather events and cyclones

 

X

 

 

Environmental zones

         Marine Ecosystem Website Project

 

x

 

X

 

 

         Communities

         Introduce transect study (?)

 

 

 

X

 

 

         Present Marine Ecosystem Sites

 

 

 

X

 

 

Marine Life Taxonomy Power Point

Accompanying worksheet

         Invertebrates

o   Crustaceans

         Echinoderms

 

 

 

X

 

 

         Invertebrates

o   Porifera

         Mollusks

 

 

 

X

 

 

         Mammals

o   Pinnipeds

o   Finnipeds

o   Sirennia

 

 

x

X

 

 

         Mammals

o   Cetacaens

         Birds

         Reptiles

 

 

x

X

 

 

??Field trip to URI GSO

X

X

X

x

X

 

Aquaculture

 

 

X

X

 

Ecology

         US Environmental Protection Agency

         RI Department of Environmental Management

X

X

 

         Resource utilization

         Marine Protected areas

 

 

 

X

X

 

         Fisheries

         Overfishing

         US National Marine Fisheries Service

 

 

 

X

X

 

         Pollution

         Oil spill clean-up design challenge

X

 

x

x

X

 

How-to fish

         How-to spearfish

 

 

 

X

X

 

What have we been up to?

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Visit a site made from past years' independent Fisheries Study

 

PROJECTS AND PAPERS:

This will be the place to go for guidance, information, and links that will guide you to success.

 

Any questions?†† Please email me right away.Email Mr. Reis