Investigating Behavior of Krill

In this lab activity, students use brine shrimp as a proxy for krill to study how environmental factors impact behavioral responses of krill in the unique environment of Antarctica.

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Beth Simmons
Palmer Station (Antarctica) LTER

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Most items needed to teach this activity are found in typical classroom, but it will be necessary to order some supplies and brine shrimp in advance.

Background information for teachers is included. Additional background information for students provided by the educator might be helpful.

Instructions to students in both the lab activity and extended challenge might need additional clarification from educator, such as the purpose of lids for cups, diagram/photo of lab setups, labeling of containers, clear learning objectives, explanation of the term proxy, and why brine shrimp are a good substitute for krill.