Life in Aquatic Environments

In these programs life is examined in terms of habitat, diversity, adaptation, ecological niches, and interrelationships. Modular presentation, stunning biological photography, and up-to-date learning design create a powerful teaching resource for the study of aquatic and marine life.
The Biology of SeashoresRunning Time: 0:29:00

Introduction to the study of seashores, What causes tides? - animation.  Abiotic and Biotic Conditions on the shore, Wave Shock and Defense:  Adaptations for surviving desiccation, and variable salinity, Competition for space and the seashore food base, wave shock adaptations, structural, chemical and behavioral defense adaptations,  Feeding:  Suspension feeding, detritus feeding, grazing and symbiosis, Reproduction :  asexual and sexual reproduction, hermaphroditic mating, broadcast spawning, sea urchin development, and planktonic larvae, Rocky Shore Habitat and Zonation:  Intertidal zonation and characteristic species of rocky shore zones, Sandy Beach/Mudflats/Docks:  Sandy beach and meiofauna, estuarine, ecology and life on docks and pilings

Chapter List
1.) Chapter 1: Introduction to the Study of Seashores
00:01:54Introduction to the study of seashores.
2.) Chapter 2: Tides, and Abiotic/Biotic Conditions
00:05:17What causes tides? See animations of the Abiotic and Biotic Conditions on the shore.
3.) Chapter 3: Wave Shock and Defense
00:04:34Wave Shock and Defense: Adaptations for surviving desiccation, and variable salinity, Competition for space and the seashore food base, wave shock adaptations, structural, chemical and behavioral defense adaptations.
4.) Chapter 4: Feeding
00:03:25Feeding on the seashores includes suspension feeding, detritus feeding, grazing and symbiosis.
5.) Chapter 5: Reproduction
00:04:46Seashore reproduction includes asexual and sexual reproduction, hermaphroditic mating, broadcast spawning, sea urchin development, and planktonic larvae.
6.) Chapter 6: Rocky Shore Habitat and Zonation
00:04:36Rocky Shore Habitat and Zonation: Intertidal zonation and characteristic species of rocky shore zones.
7.) Chapter 7: Sandy Beach/Mudflats/Docks
00:04:40Sandy Beach/Mudflats/Docks: Sandy beach and meiofauna, estuarine, ecology and explore life on docks and pilings.
The Biology of Lakes, Ponds, Streams, and WetlandsRunning Time: 0:38:00

In this program life is examined in terms of habitat, diversity, adaptation, ecological niches, and interrelationships.  Modular presentation, stunning biological photography, and up-to-date learning design create a powerful teaching resource for the study of aquatic and marine life.

Chapter List
1.) Chapter 1: Introduction to Still Water Environments
00:01:34Learn what makes a pond, a lake, or a wetland?
2.) Chapter 2: The Weedy Shallows
00:15:35The Weedy Shallows: This unit places many of the organisms studied in biology into an ecological perspective: hydras, planarians, annelids, aquatic insects, rotifers, and protists, all interesting organisms that provide food for fish and other vertebrates.
3.) Chapter 3: Open Water Environments
00:05:25Adaptations for planktonic life are observed in Daphnia and other cladocerans, copepods, rotifers, and planktonic algae.
4.) Chapter 4: Bottom Environment
00:03:00Explores bacterial decomposition, recycling of materials, adaptations for bottom life, and ecological relationships in the planktonic community.
5.) Chapter 5: Vernal Pools
00:02:56This section takes a revealing underwater look at the highly specialized organisms that live in reapids, under-rock communities, and in slower waters.
6.) Chapter 6: Stream Life, Inhabitants, and Adaptations
00:09:42Investigates adaptations for life in temporary wetland environments - the Vernal Pool.
Exploring Vernal PoolsRunning Time: 0:18:00

Seasonal temporary wetlands, commonly known as vernal pools, are a menagerie of diverse and fascinating organisms.  This program contains two parts:  a non-narrated observation section and a fully narrated instructional section, including tips on how to collect and examine live organisms in the classroom or lab.

Chapter List
1.) Chapter 1: Protozoans: Paramecium, Vorticella, Nassula, Peranema
00:03:49Structure, feeding behaviors, movement of Protozoans: Paramecium, Vorticella, Nassula, Peranema
2.) Chapter 2: Algae
00:00:48Algae are diverse single cell organisms that photosynthesize. In the Vernal Pool, the microalgae are the early food source for crustations. As the pool fills the cysts hatch. As the pool dries, the microalgae feed insect larvae.
3.) Chapter 3: Bacteria: Decomposer Bacteria, Cyanobacteria and Others
00:01:43This includes video decomposer bacteria, Cyanobacteria and others in Vernal Pools.
4.) Chapter 4: Rotifers: The Smallest Animals, Free-swimming and Colonial Varieties Presented
00:01:39Rotifers: This program includes the smallest animals in the world, free-swimming and includes colonial varieties.
5.) Chapter 5: Flatworms: Two are Featured, A Predator and a farmer species that hosts algae cells withi
00:02:02In the programs two flatworms are featured as a predator and a farmer. These species host algae cells within its body.
6.) Chapter 6: Ostrocods: Tiny Crustaceans that Feed on Detritus
00:00:39Ostrocods are tiny crustaceans that feed on detritus.
7.) Chapter 7: Water fleas: featuring Daphnia. Shows eggs and physiology
00:01:21Water fleas: This overview featuring Daphnia. Presenting eggs and physiology.
8.) Chapter 8: Copepods: the most abundant crustaceans on Earth
00:00:45Copepods are the most abundant crustaceans on Earth.
9.) Chapter 9: Clamshrimp: found only in the muddy bottom of vernal pools
00:00:55Clamshrimp: found only in the muddy bottom of vernal pools.
10.) Chapter 10: Fairy Shrimp: They filter the water to feed on microorganisms
00:00:39Fairy Shrimp: They filter the water to feed on microorganisms.
11.) Chapter 11: Tadpole Shrimp: another of the three Eubranchiopods studied
00:00:47Tadpole Shrimp: another of the three Eubranchiopods studied.
12.) Chapter 12: Insects: Larval stages of damselflies, dragonflies, diving beetles and midges
00:02:50Insects: Larval stages of damselflies, dragonflies, diving beetles and midges. Backswimmers are also shown.
Series SKUBAE
Video Programs3
SubjectsScience, Biology, Environmental Science
Supplemental Files4
Released2009
Produced By BioMEDIA Associates
Copyright ©2009 BioMEDIA Associates
Grade Levels10th Grade through Post Secondary
MARC Records for BAE
MARC records for the Full Series BAE, Life in Aquatic Environments
Biology of Lakes Ponds Streams and Wetlands Educators Guide
Biology of Vernal Pools Study Guide
Biology of Seashores Image Bank Guide