Marine ecology students display their 3D models of a coral reef.

Marine ecology students display their 3D models of a coral reef.

Lincoln Academy’s Marine Ecology class recently completed a unit about coral reefs. Students investigated issues that impact the complex life cycle of a coral reef, including competition, predation, grazing, symbiosis, migration and territoriality. The students were required to research the affect of abiotic factors (non-living) and human activity on the health of a coral reef. As part of their two week independent research process, students created 3D models of coral reefs and posters describing the biological pressures on coral reefs. The assignment included finding 32 organisms from several different phyla that are found in a coral reef ecosystem, and researching their behaviors and relationships. “All the students worked extremely hard, and I was very proud of them,” said Marine Ecology teacher Betsy Grannis. “They built some amazing models!”IMG_1325 IMG_1323 IMG_1318