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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.
  • Title ID 119-BAE
  • Science, Biology, Environmental Science
  • 3 Programs
  • 4 Supplemental Files
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Released in 2009 by BioMEDIA Associates
Included Programs
Supplemental Files

Included Programs

The Biology of SeashoresRunning time is 29 minutes

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Study of Seashores
Introduction to the study of seashores.
Chapter 2: Tides, and Abiotic/Biotic Conditions
What causes tides? See animations of the Abiotic and Biotic Conditions on the shore.
Chapter 3: Wave Shock and Defense
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.
Chapter 4: Feeding
Feeding on the seashores includes suspension feeding, detritus feeding, grazing and symbiosis.
Chapter 5: Reproduction
Seashore reproduction includes asexual and sexual reproduction, hermaphroditic mating, broadcast spawning, sea urchin development, and planktonic larvae.
Chapter 6: Rocky Shore Habitat and Zonation
Rocky Shore Habitat and Zonation: Intertidal zonation and characteristic species of rocky shore zones.
Chapter 7: Sandy Beach/Mudflats/Docks
Sandy 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 is 38 minutes

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Introduction to Still Water Environments
Learn what makes a pond, a lake, or a wetland?
Chapter 2: The Weedy Shallows
The 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.
Chapter 3: Open Water Environments
Adaptations for planktonic life are observed in Daphnia and other cladocerans, copepods, rotifers, and planktonic algae.
Chapter 4: Bottom Environment
Explores bacterial decomposition, recycling of materials, adaptations for bottom life, and ecological relationships in the planktonic community.
Chapter 5: Vernal Pools
This section takes a revealing underwater look at the highly specialized organisms that live in reapids, under-rock communities, and in slower waters.
Chapter 6: Stream Life, Inhabitants, and Adaptations
Investigates adaptations for life in temporary wetland environments - the Vernal Pool.

Exploring Vernal PoolsRunning time is 18 minutes

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Protozoans: Paramecium, Vorticella, Nassula, Peranema
Structure, feeding behaviors, movement of Protozoans: Paramecium, Vorticella, Nassula, Peranema
Chapter 2: Algae
Algae 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.
Chapter 3: Bacteria: Decomposer Bacteria, Cyanobacteria and Others
This includes video decomposer bacteria, Cyanobacteria and others in Vernal Pools.
Chapter 4: Rotifers: The Smallest Animals, Free-swimming and Colonial Varieties Presented
Rotifers: This program includes the smallest animals in the world, free-swimming and includes colonial varieties.
Chapter 5: Flatworms: Two are Featured, A Predator and a farmer species that hosts algae cells withi
In the programs two flatworms are featured as a predator and a farmer. These species host algae cells within its body.
Chapter 6: Ostrocods: Tiny Crustaceans that Feed on Detritus
Ostrocods are tiny crustaceans that feed on detritus.
Chapter 7: Water fleas: featuring Daphnia. Shows eggs and physiology
Water fleas: This overview featuring Daphnia. Presenting eggs and physiology.
Chapter 8: Copepods: the most abundant crustaceans on Earth
Copepods are the most abundant crustaceans on Earth.
Chapter 9: Clamshrimp: found only in the muddy bottom of vernal pools
Clamshrimp: found only in the muddy bottom of vernal pools.
Chapter 10: Fairy Shrimp: They filter the water to feed on microorganisms
Fairy Shrimp: They filter the water to feed on microorganisms.
Chapter 11: Tadpole Shrimp: another of the three Eubranchiopods studied
Tadpole Shrimp: another of the three Eubranchiopods studied.
Chapter 12: Insects: Larval stages of damselflies, dragonflies, diving beetles and midges
Insects: Larval stages of damselflies, dragonflies, diving beetles and midges. Backswimmers are also shown.

Supplemental Files

MARC Records for BAE
MARC records for the series 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