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Marine Field Ecology - An Eelgrass Mapping Adventure

 
“This experiment focuses on how we do research in a marine environment, outside,” shared Science Teacher Tamar Cunha, who had students studying eelgrass, which grows underwater. Cunha explained that as part of the class, “students spend time studying how different species interact with each other and survive in their environment.” Before heading out into the real world to explore hands-on and get in the water, her students spend time in the classroom learning about what a niche is and how different species evolve to best fit their environments. 

Then, it’s time to get into the water and explore. “What role does eelgrass play in the ecosystem and how do human activities impact the grass?” These were two of the questions that Cunha asked her students to research through their experiments. Cory Sanders ‘21 is one of those students, who used what is called a benthic sled to capture video of the seafloor. The sled, which has a camera attached to it, would be dragged along the bottom of the seafloor by rope using kayaks in order to capture footage of the eelgrass. 

In addition to gathering footage, the student researchers were also busy gathering water quality data. While some were paddling around in the kayaks dragging the benthic sleds, other students were gathering data while snorkeling in the water. Cunha’s class focuses on the area close to the shore, looking at both the living organisms and the non-living environment. “The class is a great companion to our oceanography program,” she shared, pointing out how our courses connect. 

The activity was as much about gathering data as it was about learning how to gather data, Cunha explained. The students were engaged in understanding the process and realities of how to carry out an experiment in adverse situations. For example, Cunha shared, those students who were snorkeling to gather data realized that they wouldn’t want to wear fins if they were to repeat the experiment; “the fins kicked up too much sediment.”

The experiment proved to be a great experience for the class. Cunha asked her students to reflect on how they would build on what they learned and how they would use what they learned to get better data. “There were a lot of great learning opportunities,” she noted, “and the students discovered that it takes a lot of effort sometimes to get the desired results.” 

Related Video: Eelgrass mapping has been a research project at Tabor for several years now. Check out this video from 2019 that interviews students about their experience in the class and follows them through their journey.
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