Draft 2 Topic Outline: Mollusks of the Bahamas

The class gets ready to board Bahamas Air on San Salvador, Bahamas. See other beautiful phenomena from the Bahamas.

This discussion topic submitted by Mark Dalman ( Pre8lude@hotmail.com) at 7:33 PM on 4/16/02. Additions were last made on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

I plan to facilitate an informative peace that will be based upon my U.S.S. Award and how I am interested in the effects of global change on such a pristine tropical lagoon. I plan to discuss what it is exactly that I am researching as well as share my discoveries and knowledge of the molluscan species in the harbor. I plan on sharing my hypotheses of what I plan on researching as well as share my intutitve conjectures as to what I think I will find. the I will teach the class how to measure and identify the various mollusks.
I plan to present a forum of discussion and learning about the molluscan species in the Bahamas.

I. Introduction and Background of my USS and the molluscan species.
a) Global change and its effects on the lagoon.
b)The habitat and its necessity to the growth of the lagoon.

II. A brief description of the anatomy of the mollusk.

III.What others have done in this field of study.

IV. Why studying the effects of global change is at all relevant.

V. Death Assemblage
a)What it is
b)Why its important to learning about the environment
c)Comparing the last two records: 500 years ago and 10 years ago.

VI. Show and teach the top 15 most prevelant species in the harbor.
a)Actual take species from the harbor and teach them to the class
b)Teach the class how to measure and spot the various species in the sand

VI. What we can do to help change the world and help do our part in the growing appearance of global impact events.


1.) http://members.aol.com/mkchl1/fwshells.html

2.) http://manandmollusc.net

3.) Abbott, R. Tucker. Introducing Sea Shells. Princeton, NJ: D. Van Nostrand, 1955

4.) Murray, Sonia. Seashell Collectors' Handbook and Identifier. New York: Sterling, 1975.

5.) Stix, Hugh, Marguerite Stix, and R. Tucker Abbott. The Shell: Five Hundred Million Years of Inspired Design. New York: Abradale Press/H. N. Abrams, 1988.

6.) www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.091092698\
“lessons from the past:biotic recoveries from mass extinctions”

7.) www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.101093598
“human-modified ecosystems and future evolution”

8.) www.sciencemag.org vol.285 Sept. 3, 1999
Emerging marine diseases- climate links and anthropogenic factors

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