Student Research With Satellite Data
Behavior from One Year to the Next
The migration data that will arrive from our satellite-tracked manatees
this spring provides an opportunity for you to do your own research. Read
the objectives of the scientist's study. Then consider how you might design
a study of your own, using the same migration data. Make a hypothesis,
then compare and contrast the data from each migration. At the conclusion
of your study, write a scientific paper and/or hold scientific research
conference in your class and share your results.
Come up with your own questions! You may look for similarities and
Wintering in Different Regions
How do you think manatee migration in the different regions might compare?
For instance, compare previous years' manatee migration data in a different
region to the migration data of manatees you are studying now. What factors
do you think might make them different and/or similar?
Migration Behavior from One Year to the Next
Do you think a manatee follows the same route every year? Do you
think the timing of the migration is similar from year to year?
Migration Behavior of Adults vs. Juveniles
Would you expect the migration of an adult to be the same as that of a
juvenile manatee? Why or why not?
Migration Behavior of Females vs. Males
Would you expect the migrations of males and females to be the same or
different? Why? What can you learn from comparing the migration behavior
of a male and a female?
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