MO1 D03

Coral Divers 1 (3)
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WRL reference M01 D03
Module M01 Ecosystems – Coral Reefs
Data Set D03 – Temperature tolerance of lionfish in Indonesia
Research questions 1. Do lionfish exhibit different thermal tolerance levels when acclimated at different constant temperatures?
2. Is there a predictable relationship between acclimation temperature and thermal tolerance for red lion fish?
Keywords Adaptation;abiotic; biotic; climate change; coefficient of variation; coral; environmental impact; error bars; ecosystem; homeostasis; invasive (alien) species; physiology; statistics; temperature control; sampling; standard deviation; standard error
Potential Curriculum links AP Biology 2.C.2, 2.D.1, 2.D.3, 4.A.6
AP Env Sci II Living world A-E
IB Biology 4.4, C.1
IB Ess 2.1.3, 2.5.1, 2.6.7
AQA 3.4.6, 3.4.7, 3.7.4, MS, AT, PS
edexcel A – 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.18, B – 9.9, 10.1, 10.3 Maths A
OCR A – 4.2.1, 5.1.1, 6.3.1, 6.3.2, B – 4.3.1, 4.3.2- M, PAG, HSW
SQA FH2H 2 (b) (i), FH2J 3 (b) (c) (i) (ii) (iii) (iv)
CCEA  2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.3.14, 2.3.15, 4.4.15
WJEC C1-5, C2 -1, App B, Pract.req.
Summary

This research looks at how lionfish adapt to different sea-water temperatures. This physiological experiment compares how 20 lionfish adapt to increasing water temperatures by being placed in specially designed water tanks. The data can be plotted simply or be treated in more complex manner using statistical tests. Lionfish are also significant predators on coral reefs and they are expanding their range by their ability to adapt to rising sea water temperatures. They could pose a real threat by being significant invasive species.

Advanced statistics include standard deviation, regression and coefficient of variation.

Difficulty:

Research Q1 – 5/10

Research Q2 – 9/10