Sandy's Biology Corner
Hi, welcome to Sandy's Biology Corner. This is the web
page of Sandy Bishop. I teach biological sciences at South Johnston High
School, Four Oaks, N.C. This page is designed to help educators locate
internet sites for information on biological topics.
Last update: July 24, 1997
My 3 favorite topics to teach are:
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- marine biology
How about information on fish population studies.
Check out the Reef Environmental
Education Foundation. http://www.mrdf.org/mlhome.htm This site provides
information about on going projects by the Reef Environmental Education
Foundation. It includes reef fish pictures, distinctive features, and descriptions
opf the fish, description of the fish survey, survey data, and how to interpret
the data. The survey data would be useful for designing an activity based
on reading a table, or determining fish distribution. Information is also
provided about the organization - training programs, collecting sites,
how to become a member, and the "REEF" publication. Also included,
is a list of other links related to marine biology. This site would interest
elementary level students interested in learning about different types
of marine fish on up to high school students interested in population and
distribution studies. It will be necessary to have a description of the
number code in hand when interpreting the survey data. Navigating this
site will present no problems.
Another source to try is The Coral Reef
Alliance. http://www.coral.org/ This site has a photo gallery, a place
to make divers report or view those made by others, and is a good source
of information about reefs. It also provides you with information about
the organization membership.
- environmental science
Want a link to environmental organizations? Look at
the Amazing Environmental Organization
Web Directory. http://www.webdirectory.com/ This site advertises itself
as the "Earth's Biggest Environmental Search Engine." It gives
you a choice of typing in your own search topic or choosing from the broad
topic folders already listed. Example: Opening the animals folder gives
you more folders to choose from eventually giving you information or contacts.
Also included is a folder on education. It contains, among other things,
a listing of environmental education products, some of which are free.
If you can think of a topic, you will probably find information. However,
you may be overwhelmed by all the choices. The site is easy to navigate
and could be used by students and teachers alike.
Ideas for extended field trips:
Want a fantastic extended field trip? Try a
MarineLab Experience. I have been taking students for nine years.
The MarineLab Experience Home
Page http://www.mrdf.org/mlhome.htm is an excellent source for information
about planning an extended field trip in marine ecology. MarineLab is located
in Key Largo, FL. The MarineLab Home Page gives you information about field
trip descriptions and destinations. Programs are available for elementary
through college students. The main topics covered are seagrass ecology,
mangrove ecology, coral reef ecology, field identification of reef fish,
invertebrate diversity lab and astronomy/plankton tow. Whether you are
a snorkeler or SCUBA diver, suitable programs are available. Information
is also available about the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. There
are many photographs and even a virtual field trip included. You will enjoy