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Fun with Fishes: Making Fish Diversity More Accessible to the Public Using the SIO Marine Vertebrate Collection


This capstone project explored ways to more effectively use the Marine Vertebrate Collection (MVC) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography to help the public understand and appreciate the diversity of fishes. To accomplish this, the project (1) Created a lesson plan for Ocean Discovery Institute’s 4th grade “Ecosystem Scientist” curriculum that incorporates common estuarine fishes of the San Diego area using specimens from the MVC (2) Created multi-purpose educational fact sheets for common estuarine fishes of San Diego containing lesson plans that can be tailored to grades 3-6 (3) Highlighted features of the collections through use of poster and video in an up-to-date “exhibit corner” in the collection in Vaughan Hall 225 in order to enhance visitor experience during collection tours.

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