Teachers: Emily Parent, North Salem High School
Kim Abraham, Early College High School

Scientist: Kaitlyn Tonra, Oregon State University

Kelp Forest Complexity

Lesson Plan: Kelp Forest Complexity (pdf)

Links to the materials included in the lesson plan

  • Surface Splash
  • Virtual Dive Activity
    • Presentation: Virtual Dive (ppt)(pdf)
    • Transect photos (pdf)
  • Deep Dive
    • Presentation: Deep Dive (ppt)(pdf)
  • DD Part 1: Components of a Kelp Forest Ecosystem
  • DD Part 2: Species Profile & Social
  • DD Part 3: Construct a Food Web
    • Food Web activity description (pdf)
  • DD Part 4a: Career Connection & Research Intro
  • DD Part 4b: Calculating Biodiversity
    • Presentation: Calculating Biodiversity (ppt)(pdf)
    • Calculating Biodiversity student worksheet (pdf)(doc)
  • Using Real Data
    • Activity A: Interpreting Graphs student worksheet (pdf)(doc)
    • Activity B: Analyze & Interpret student worksheet (pdf)(doc)
    • Activity B: Teacher Key (pdf)
    • Activity C: Open-ended student worksheet (pdf)(doc)
    • Activity C: Data (xls)
  • Using Real Data Assessment
    • CER Template (doc)

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Anchoring Phenomenon

Kelp Forest Complexity

Driving Question

What factors affect biodiversity and community structure in West Coast kelp forests?

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Created By

Team AlGals ORSEA 2021-22


View the Capstone Presentation for this project (August 23, 2022)

The 2021-22 ORSEA materials are based upon work supported by Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, as well as the National Science Foundation Regional Class Research Vessels under Cooperative Agreement No. 1333564 Award: OCE-1748726. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.