Curriculum Development Workshop
Workshop Theme: Using Real Data in the Classroom
Held at Colby College in Waterville, ME
Monday, July 18 through Thursday, July 21, 2011

Data Sets

Using research data provided by the scientists, workshop educators and University of Maine marine science graduate students developed datasets appropriate for inquiry-based lessons. The datasets are provided here in Excel format. Graduate students may be contacted for help in understanding the data and implementing lessons.

Chart showing salinity vs. depth
Graph showing increasing salinity with depth for an 800m
profile of water measured off the coast of Alaska
Wastewater Runoff [ZIP, 908 KB]
Scientist: Damian Brady
Graduate Student: Beth Campbell
This dataset highlights the effects of runoff on dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll, as well as the influx of nutrients from wastewater treatment.

Arsenic & Genetic Expression [ZIP, 40 KB]
Scientist: Rebecca Van Beneden
Graduate Student: Erin Macro
These spreadsheets contain coded data from a study looking at gene expression in male and female mice in response to exposure to arsenic. The changes in gene expression are displayed as deviations from normal expression. Specific genes are highlighted to illustrate the differences.

Salinity and Temperature [ZIP, 72 KB]
Scientist: William Ellis
Graduate Student: Carrie Armbrecht
This dataset originates from buoy data from the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (GoMOOS) and highlights the difference between a bay, channel and open ocean site. The changes in salinity and temperature over time are plotted along with some starter inquiry questions.

Seasonal Copeopod Changes [ZIP, 3.5 MB]
Scientist: Jeffrey Runge
Graduate Student: Phoebe Jekielek
This series of datasets explores the development and life cycle of Calanus copepods, a type of zooplankton. It includes data on the abundance of copepods and amount of nutrients that are available.

Cold Water Corals [ZIP, 9.2 MB]
Scientist: Rhian Waller
Graduate Student: Ashley Young
The data in this set represent abundances of different fauna on various surfaces as interpreted from a towed camera. Example graphs of abundance from different sites are included.

Additional Datasets

Topic: Sea Surface Salinity (Website)
Summary presentation: Don't Forget the Salt! [PPT, 12.5 MB]

Topic: Optical Data from Apex Float 0015 (Website)
Zip File [2.5 MB] includes data, map showing float trajectory, and example charts