Taking the Pulse of our Changing Planet
A public lecture and professional development series at Liberty Science Center

Spring has Sprung!... In the Ocean
Online Resources

RU COOL Lessons

  • Phytoplankton Seasonality - Explore how phytoplankton, zooplankton and nutrients are related and explore the variation of each over the course of a year.
  • Spring Blooms Big - A cool interactive on phytoplankton blooms featuring an animation of Dr. Kay Bidle skateboarding.

Scientific Resources

Classroom Activities

  • Bottom of the Food Web - A NASA site that highlights marine phytoplankton and the connections between marine ecology, light's behavior in ocean water and satellite observations.   Grades 6-12
  • Hatch to Catch - Development of "Hatch to Catch" was supported by the MARPAT Foundation, Inc. with scientific support from the National Science Foundation, Maine Sea Grant and the Maine Regional Marine Research Program.  An interactive journey in which students guide lobster larvae from hatch to catch.  Grades 6-9
  • Maine Inter-tidal Zone Investigation - An on-line tour of Maine's rocky shore using photography to illustrate examples of zonation, animals, and algae. Grade 6-12
  • Toxic and Harmful Algal Blooms - Discover the "who, what, where, and how" of toxic and harmful algal blooms
    Best for advanced students or older grades
  • Dive and Discover - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute information on several ocean topics concerning deep ocean biology and microbes.  Grades 4-12.
  • GMRI Online Lessons - Marine lessons on a variety of topics from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
  • Space Available - Explores how we learn about the ocean from NASA satellites.
  • Ozone and Phytoplankton - This activity discusses how the ozone layer impacts phytoplankton and what that means for the food web  Grades 6-12
  • Fitting Algae into the Food Web - An explanation of how algae fits into the marine food web
  • Marine Food Web - A example of a marine food web with pictures