Gulf Coast Ecology Webquest Visit each of the sites listed below and answer the questions that correspond to the information within the site.
Did Oil enter the food chain? http://earthsky.org/water/study-‐oil-‐from-‐deepwater-‐horizon-‐spill-‐entered-‐gulf-‐food-‐ chain How many months did the oil spill out of the Deepwater Horizon site? What was the rate of oils spilling from the drilling rig? What are zooplankton and why are they important to the gulf ecosystem?
Where did the oil really go?
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/oil-‐traveled-‐up-‐the-‐gulf-‐food-‐chain-‐ scientists-‐say/ What are the first organisms to eat the oil? How does the oil get to the zooplankton? Explain how the oil is transferred up the food chain…use three levels in your description. Explain the term Biomagnification using the oil as an example
Species to watch http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-‐work/fisheries/indicator-‐species.html
Whale Shark List all of the reasons whale sharks use the gulf: How are the whale sharks affected by oil? Why is it difficult for scientists to determine how many whale sharks were killed in the oil spill?
Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
Where do these sea turtles spend the first two years of life? What do they eat during that time? What are the concerns for turtles associated with the oil spill? Blue Crab Describe how Blue Crabs are a keystone species. Describe the combined economic effect of the Blue Crab to gulf communities. Is the BP oil spill the only problem facing the Blue Crab?
Why is the Gulf Coast such an important place for the Bluefin Tuna? Bottlenose Dolphin List several ways that the Bottlenose Dolphin is affected by the oil spill. Brown Pelican Describe in detail how the oil spill is slowing the progress of recovery for the Brown Pelican. Brown and White Shrimp List all of the organisms that eat the shrimp larvae: What do the shrimp use estuaries for? What role do the more mature shrimp play in the ecosystem? How much money is attributed to shrimp in the Gulf States?
One more site… http://animals.howstuffworks.com/endangered-‐species/12-‐animals-‐threatened-‐oil-‐ spill.htm
Choose one of the species listed at the site and describe how the oil spill affects them. Explain why is biodiversity important both in terms of an ecosystem and social interests.