Marine Ecology

Experience a world where valleys are deeper than the Grand Canyon and the highest mountain is a mile taller than Mount Everest! From the living (biotic) to the non-living (abiotic) parts of the ocean, you will explore the marine environment and how organisms interact and depend on each other and their surroundings. Dive into different ocean ecosystems and their community structure and learn about human impact, management, and conservation.

Appropriate grade range: 6-12

Learning Goals

  • Investigate the many different marine ecosystems and the characteristics that define them.
  • Categorize the biodiversity of life in the ocean and identify the ecosystems in which they are found.
  • Recognize how the physical components of the oceans, such as characteristics of water, temperature, salinity, and movement, interconnect with living systems.
  • Analyze the natural and human impacts on the ocean.
  • Assess the human influence on the health, management, and recovery of the ocean.


  1. Marine Ecosystems
  2. Biodiversity of Marine Life
  3. Marine Ecology
  4. Oceanography
  5. Human Impact
  6. Management and Conservation

Course Components

  • Online Assessment
  • Student Guide
  • Narrated Video
  • Interactives
  • Objectives for each Chapter
  • Certificate of Completion

Alignment to NGSS