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ERIC Number: EJ1044315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
It's a Snap! An Inquiry-Based, Snapping Shrimp Bioacoustics Activity
Fox, Bradley K.; Gorospe, Kelvin D.; Haverkort-Yeh, Roxanne D.; Rivera, Malia Ana J.
American Biology Teacher, v75 n7 p470-475 Sep 2013
This bioacoustics activity combines concepts in invertebrate taxonomy, animal communication, and acoustical physics while providing a unique opportunity for physics and biology teachers to collaborate and introduce their students to an exciting, interdisciplinary research field. Here, we propose a lab-and field-based activity that uses hydrophones to explore how shrimp snapping behavior changes in response to different stimuli and introduces students to the process of scientific inquiry. Using free software, students use spectrograms to visualize and analyze their experimental data. Furthermore, we propose potential modifications to the lab for classrooms without easy access to marine environments or snapping shrimp.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC), National Marine Sanctuaries
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: MOA-2005-008 Amend. 002/7189|MOA-2005-008 Amend. 004/7471