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Coral Reefs in Hot Water

Author(s): Kaitlin Bonner

St. John Fisher College

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This activity was modified from K. Grayson.  It was implemented in a second semester first year course for biology majors laboratory.  It is one of two activities in the lab, about 1-1.5 hours.  Here the students use Google Sheets to generate SST graphs, including degree heating weeks (DHW).  Using Google Sheets enables students to see each others figures and answer leading questions at the end of the activity.  The activity concludes with students making predictions of bleaching given their results for 2005 and comparing their predictions to observed bleaching by interpreting figures from Eakin  et al. 2010.   

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