Profiling Phytoplankton Students will learn about different phytoplankton and what impacts their distribution by building a water column representing the Southern Ocean.Students will build a water column that showcases the different types of phytoplankton found at different levels of the Southern Ocean. We will be using data collected from a 2014 Antarctic cruise on the Nathaniel B. Palmer by Dr. Hannah Joy-Warner as well as profile data collected from a GO-BGC float off the western coast of the Antarctic peninsula. Students will predict trends in phytoplankton distribution based on various changes in a marine environment. Topics Phytoplankton AuthorsAmber Lancaster Teacher ResourcesLesson PlanTeacher SlidesAssessment Student ResourcesIntroduction ActivityStudent WorksheetPhytoplankton Cut-OutsPhytoplankton Pronunciation Guide Additional Resources Data is from Dr. Hannah Joy-Warren’s work here: https://ecotaxa.obs-vlfr.fr/prj/168 Staff Spotlight: Hannah Joy-Warren Argo Fleet Monitoring Next Generation Science Standards Crosscutting Concepts Scale, proportion, and quantity Systems and system models Core Ideas LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience Practices Developing and using models Analyzing and interpreting data Ocean Literacy Fundamental Concepts 5.B: Most life in the ocean exists as microbes. Microbes are the most important primary producers in the ocean. Not only are they the most abundant life form in the ocean, they have extremely fast growth rates and life cycles.