|WRL reference||M01 D01|
|Module||M01 Ecosystems – Coral Reefs|
|Data Set||D01 The effect of light on coral morphology in the Caribbean|
|Research questions||1. How does the common Caribbean coral Montastrea cavernosa modify its morphology in response to different light conditions?
2. Can we use corallite density data to predict a maximum depth at which Montastrea cavernosa would be expected to be found on this coral reef?
|Keywords||Abiotic; adaptation; autotroph; biome; biotic; coral; ecosystem; heterotroph; limiting factor: mutualistic; photosynthesis; population; quadrat; sampling; symbiosis|
|Potential Curriculum links||AP Biology||2.D.1; 4.A.6; 4.B.4|
|AP Env Sci.||III A. Population Biology Concepts, VII Global change – Global warming|
|IB Biology||4.1, 4.4, C.1, C.2|
|IB Ess||2.1.1, 2.2.1, 2.2.2,2.3.2, 2.7.1|
|AQA||3.4.6, 3.4.7, 3.7.4, MS, AT, PS, practical 12|
|edexcel||A – 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.18, B – 10.1, 10.3, Maths A|
|OCR||A – 4.2.1, 6.3.1, 6.3.2, B – 4.3.2, MS, PAG, HSW|
|SQA||FH2H 2(c)(i)(ii), FH2J 3(b)(c), HOAL 1(b) (c) (d) (e)|
|CCEA||2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.4|
|WJEC||C1-5, C2 -1, App B, Pract.req.|
|Summary||This task looks at the effect of light/depth on the morphology of a named coral species. Analysis is via photographs (it could be an individual or group activity) and the data is plotted and analyzed using a spreadsheet – full instructions are provided. The statistics can be approached at a number of levels, from plotting graphs to an introduction to regression analysis. The task is supported by a number of powerpoint presentations etc.
Research Q1 – 5/10
Research Q2 – 8/10 for advanced statistics