Fish & Larvae (8/14/12)


There are over 40,000 different species of fish in the world, and we are still discovering new species each year. In addition to making up a majority of vertebrates on the planet, we as humans enjoy eating fish as well. Learn from local scientists about fish morphology and diversity, how scientists study the different life stages of fish, and how we can learn where fish have been from their “ear bones” (otoliths). Also, the diversity of forms and characteristics of fish larvae is remarkable. Through hands-on activities, lab and field experiences, and discussions with fish biologists learn more about this fascinating group of vertebrates and ways to bring them into your ocean teaching. Also, discuss the human interactions with and impacts on fishes. Practice your observational and critical thinking skills at each stop to bring them into your teaching.

In addition, we will spend the afternoon discussing ways that the Education & Outreach team at IMCS can best serve and support ocean-interested teachers throughout New Jersey.

Program & Materials:

Fish Aging – Dr. Paola Lopez-Duarte

Fish Diet Analysis – Dr. Paola Lopez-Duarte, Mikaela Provost

Fish Tracking – Dr. Thomas “Motz” Grothues


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