Classification and Taxonomy
Hands on classification activity with live animals to understand the similarities and differences between organisms and why classification is important to understanding our world.
Food Chains and Food Webs
Investigate food webs and marine ecosystems. Option to link this to sustainable fishing program and aquaculture program.
Fishing for the Future
Aquaculture is a major industry in Tasmania and food security is of ever increasing importance with exponentially expanding population. We take the RV Penghana to a fish farm lease and discuss some of the environmental challenges in aquaculture and technological advances that are leading to improved global practice in this area.
Body Structures and Cells
Focusing on cells and body organs, students investigate the physiological adaptations of marine animals that allow them to survive underwater such as gills, sensory organs and reproductive strategies. Use microscopes to view plankton and discuss cell differences between phytoplankton and zooplankton.
We discuss how different rock type causes different types of sand and sediment and high energy and low energy coasts. Use the Van Veen Grab on board RV Penghana to take sediment samples from the sea floor of the channel and use the remotely controlled underwater vehicle to conduct a seafloor survey.
Detailed discussion and case study of marine ecosystems, focusing on human impacts. Case studies include the long-spined sea urchin, Northern Pacific Sea Star, and the changes in the East Australian Current.
Marine Animal Body Systems
Students investigate the physiological adaptations of marine animals that allow them to survive underwater. Students will be able to hold live animals and compare and contrast different phyla.
DNA and Natural Selection
Natural selection and the rising problem of global jellyfish blooms and examine the life cycle of jellyfish to discuss meiosis and mitosis (sexual and asexual reproduction). Genetic technology in aquaculture; and using eDNA to track the virus implicated in Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome.
Ocean Acidification and Climate Change
Study the carbon cycle in relation to the related, but very different issues of ocean acidification and climate change. Practical experiments involving ocean chemistry and physical oceanography.