Environmental Science and Data Analysis

Introduction to Marine Debris
Document File Type Description
Overview of Marine Debris Lesson Plan PDF Step-by-step guide to introducing students to the issue of marine debris and using it to teach scientific praxis.
Introduction to Marine Debris Lecture PDF Presentation on the ecology, oceanography, toxicology, and conservation science of marine debris. Developed in collaboration with Oikonos.
Marine Debris Timeline Lecture PPT Lesson plan and powerpoint for an exercise in which student create a timeline of trash degradation in the ocean. Fits well with introductory lectures on marine debris. The timeline students create is to scale, teaching mathematical concepts in addition to information about marine debris.
Marine Debris Timeline Lesson Plan PDF
Campus Debris Surveys
Document File Type Description
Campus Debris Survey Instructions DOC | PDF Lesson to teach scientific data collection principles through terrestrial debris surveys that students can compare to coastal debris surveys. Developed by Oikonos.
Campus Debris Survey Data Sheet XLS | PDF Sample data sheet. Adapted from Oikonos.
Campus Debris Survey Data Analysis lesson DOC | PDF Step-by-step lesson for teaching students to enter their data in Excel and use the program to graph the results of the campus debris surveys.
Campus Debris Survey Excel worksheet for Data Analysis PDF Pre-made Excel worksheet that allows students to enter their data into tables and have it graphed automatically. Adpated from Oikonos.
California Coastal Cleanup Data
XLS | PDF Data from 1989-2008 of California Coastal Cleanup days to compare with campus debris surveys.
Albatross Bolus Dissections
Document File Type Description
Instructions and Worksheet PDF Step-by-step guide for students to dissect albatross boluses.
Bolus Data Sheet XLS | PDF Data sheet for students to use while dissecting boluses. Adapted from Oikonos.
Bolus Data Graphing Instructions DOC | PDF Worksheet for graphing bolus data. Refers to the campus debris survey data analysis lesson for details.
Labels for Albatross Bolus Frames DOC | PDF Museum-type labels for framed boluses.
Final Student Assessment
Document File Type Description
Marine Debris Project Student Assessment Worksheet
DOC Assessment tool to gauge the marine debris lesson’s impact on students’ understanding of the scientific process.
Additional Marine Debris Resources


Funding for CAMEOS is provided by theĀ National Science Foundation’s GK-12 Program