Rhode Island, the Ocean State, contains marine ecosystems ranging from brackish rivers to salt marshes, rocky intertidal zones, beaches, bays, and open ocean. Ann Lovely, teacher of the new Marine Science: Field Ecology course, believes the best way to do this to take students to visit them firsthand!
Yesterday, students in Grades 10–12 visited Woods Hole to put their theories and lessons to the test in the field. Using tools like plankton nets and quadrants, assessing water quality, measuring beach profiles, and core sampling, this is the second of four trips around the region to collect data. Next step? Compiling, analyzing, and researching their findings while comparing the physical, chemical, geological, and ecological aspects of these different ecosystems.