Part IV: Seagrass Habitat

This lesson is designed to follow the “Assessing fish-habitat value” lesson plan where the students were introduced to the seagrass habitat. The objective here, is to have students gain insight into ecosystem services the seagrass habitat provides. Students will begin by examining seagrass cover and learn about patchy and continuous seagrass beds. Next, the students will manipulate a dataset to explore habitat quality and biodiversity of seagrass. The lesson is in two parts, which can also be used as stand-alone exercises.  The movie and links to all of the necessary materials are below.  Start off by reading through the lesson plan.

Lesson Plan: Seagrass_lesson_plan

Photographs of seagrass quadrats:


Continuous 1 Continuous 2 Continuous 3 Continuous 4

Continuous 5 Continuous 6 Continuous 7


Patchy 1 Patchy 10 Patchy 2 Patchy 3

Patchy 4 Patchy 5 Patchy 6 Patchy 7

Patchy 8 Patchy 9

Measuring scale:

Seagrass percent cover scales

Seagrass data: Sea_Grass_Data

Sample food web: Sample Food Web for NC Seagrass Habitats

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