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Shifting “sea”scapes and the effect of climate change on marine ecosystems

Author Information

  • Name: Chase James
  • Position and Institution: PhD Candidate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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  • Available for contact for questions and classroom visits: Yes
  • Year contributed: 2020


  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Science Domain: Life Sciences
  • PE Code: HS-LS2-6


Landscapes are part of our everyday lives. Whether you live in the desert, along the coast, or even in the city, we intuitively know what species typically live in each habitat. We can imagine pigeons flying through city blocks, deer quietly walking through a forest, or a snake slithering across the hot desert sand. When we turn our eye to the oceans, this picture becomes much more challenging. What “sea”scape is perfect for tuna? a manta ray? a shrimp? In this lesson plan, students will uncover the hidden world of “sea”scapes and begin to understand how life in the sea is connected to the physics and chemistry of the ocean. We will also explore how climate change is altering the earth’s oceans and what that means for the species that live there.


  • Climate Change
  • Ecosystems
  • Ecology
  • Foodwebs


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