PowerPoint Presentation: Oyster Research at Horn Point Laboratory


Lesson Plan Standards

1.2.1 1.2.3 1.2.6 1.2.7 1.3.4


This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of three major oyster studies at the University of Maryland's Horn Point Laboratory, on larval behavior, predation, and reef formation. The basic objective of these studies is to better understand impact of the Asian oyster on the Eastern oyster and on the overall ecology of the Chesapeake Bay if it were introduced. Since this research is still ongoing, results have not yet been published. [Lesson Time: 30 minutes]


1. To provide a general overview of major oyster studies.
2. To show scientific methods and apparatus -- particularly the Desk-Top Column set-up for the larval behavior studies.

Lesson Materials

PowerPoint presentation: "Oyster Research at Horn Point Laboratory (Cambridge, MD)"
Computer video projector or computer lab terminals


  1. Show PowerPoint presentation to the class using a computer video projector. If this equipment is not available, students could individually view from a computer lab terminal.
  2. The Larval Studies described in Part I used both Desk-Top Columns and larger Mesocosms.
  3. The larvae shown in the video clips used in the previous lessons were filmed only in the "Desk-Top Columns" (see slides 7, 8, & 10.)


The PowerPoint presentation, "Oyster Research at Horn Point Laboratory (Cambridge, MD,)" and all digital images contained within are the exclusive property of Ben Schulman, Maryland Sea Grant, and Horn Point Laboratory. The PowerPoint presentation may only be used in the manner outlined in this educational lesson plan. Images and/or photographs may NOT be copied, transferred, nor used in any other manner without written permission from all parties identified above.

Maryland State Standards

The student will identify meaningful, answerable scientific questions.
The student will formulate a working hypothesis.
The student will identify appropriate methods for conducting an investigation (independent and dependent variables, proper controls, repeat trials, appropriate sample size, etc.).
The student will use relationships discovered in the lab to explain phenomena observed outside the laboratory.
The student will learn the use of new instruments and equipment by following instructions in a manual or from oral direction. (NTB)

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