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Diving into Deep Sea Data

Author(s): Adania Flemming1, Randy Singer2, Molly Phillips3

1. iDigBio, FLMNH 2. University of Michigan Museum of Zoology 3. iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

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A module that combines NOAA's Okeanos Explorer and the iDigBio Portal to explore the deep sea!

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Version 1.0 - published on 23 Apr 2020 doi:10.25334/VRHA-DA79 - cite this


Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer

Thanks to the livestreaming program provided by NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer, people are now able to join scientists as they explore unknown areas of the deep sea. Viewers can ask questions about biology, oceanography, geology and engineering through interacting with the Okeanos crew and scientists. In this lesson we use the powerful tools provided by the iDigBio portal  to explore the natural history and biogeography of these amazing organisms that can be seen during the Okeanos dives!

Lesson objective(s):

Upon completion of this lesson, each student should be able to:

  • Explain how scientists explore the deep sea.
  • Find valid scientific names for deep sea animals.
  • Search for digitized natural history collection data in an online aggregated database.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of different search strategies.
  • Discuss the different types of biodiversity data (remote sensing and collections).
  • Discuss the importance of deep sea discovery.


  • A computer/projector connected to the internet with speakers (for videos)
  • Computers connected to the internet for students to explore online data portals
  • Portal search guide
  • Portal worksheet

Next Generation Sunshine State Standards


SC7.L.17.3 Describe and investigate various limiting factors in the local ecosystem and their impact on native populations, including food, shelter, water, space, disease, parasitism, predation, and nesting sites.

SC.912.L.17.2 Explain the general distribution of life in aquatic systems as a function of chemistry, geography, light, depth, salinity, and temperature.

The Practice of Science

SC.7.N.1.5 Describe the methods used in the pursuit of a scientific explanation as seen in different fields of science such as biology, geology, and physics.

SC912.N1.4 Identify sources of information and assess their reliability according to the strict standards of scientific investigation.

SC912.N1.6 Describe how scientific inferences are drawn from scientific observations and provide examples from the content being studied.

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