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The Fish Kill Mystery
Erica F. Kosal
In this case study, students speculate on what may have caused a major fish kill in an estuary in North Carolina. In the process, they explore how land runoff and excess nutrients affect aquatic communities, and learn about the complex life cycle of the dinoflagellate Pfiesteria. The case is appropriate for an introductory environmental science course, a general biology course that covers ecology, or a general zoology course.
|Keywords:||Fishkill; fish kill; eutrophication; Pfiesteria piscicida; aquatic ecosystems; dinoflagellate; land runoff, excess nutrients; estuaries; estuary; nutrient influx; North Carolina|
|Topical Area:||Regulatory issues|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Subject Headings:||Environmental Science Ecology Biology (General) Zoology|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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