CSTAR: Pumping it up: the role of marine sponges in our ocean
Lynn Hoke – Smithsonian Marine Station
Sponges play an important role in by filtering bacteria and other small particles out of the water which helps maintain clear and healthy seawater. They can filter up to 1200 times their body volume. But pollution and human development in coastal areas could threaten sponge populations and could have negative impacts to coral reef and other coastal communities. More research is needed to determine what these impacts will look like and how sponges will be affected.
Lesson Plan Components - Pumping it up: the role of marine sponges in our ocean (Target audience is middle school science students)
- Watch the video: Pumping it up: the role of marine sponges in our ocean
- Review the Guiding Questions, Benchmarks, Vocabulary Definitions on this PDF file
- Additional Internet Resources: Research Projects at the Smithsonian Marine Station