Research Publications: UM-SG-RS-2017-21

Title:

On the half shell: An introduction to oysters and their unique structures and function

Year:

2017

Authors:

Frederick, JA; Haines, S; Romano, C; Takacs, J

Source:

Science Activities
54 ( 1 ) : 18 - 27

DOI:

10.1080/00368121.2016.1264921

Abstract:

The eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica, is an ecologically and economically important species in Chesapeake Bay. Oysters are ecologically unique in the Chesapeake Bay because they build a structure known as a bar or reef by attaching to one another over a 45 long period of time. They have been coined the “Ecological Engineers of the Bay”. The main purpose of this activity is to investigate 5 uniquely designed organs of the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica). Emphasis is placed on two organs, the mantle and gills, and their ability to construct a pair of shells and to remove suspended materials from the water. Age-appropriate activities can be identified and performed in the elementary classroom that inspire inquiry and a better awareness of the relationship between structure and function and its importance for both the individual organism and the ecosystem in which it lives.

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