Marine Biology

Time to complete course: 23 min.

About the Marine Biology Virtual Lab Simulation

In the Marine Biology lab, your task is to investigate a massive fish kill by collecting water and fish samples. After taking the sample from the field you go back to the lab and perform the necropsy of the fish. If you are a good observer, the dissection will give you important information about the cause of the death. It turns out that you need more information to solve the mystery, so you will use UV-spectrophotometry to analyze the dissolved oxygen in the water sample. Will you be able to solve the mystery of the massive fish kill?

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Solve the massive fish kill mystery by collecting and analyzing fish and water samples. Perform fish necropsy and spectrophotometric analysis to collect clues for solving the mystery.

Techniques In Lab

  • Sampling
  • Spectrophotometry
  • Fish necropsy/dissection

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to…

  • Understand basic concepts of sample collection
  • Perform fish necropsy and learn the information you can get from this kind of approach
  • Understand the concepts of trophic levels, trophic pyramids and the energy flow in an ecosystem
  • Understand the difference between heterotroph and autotroph organisms
  • Analyze the level of dissolved oxygen level in your water sample using a spectrophotometer
  • Understand the concepts of calibration curve, linear regression and extrapolation

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