Using Statistics to Estimate Lionfish Population Size


Resource ID#: 130765 Primary Type: Perspectives Video: Expert

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Subject(s): Science, Mathematics, Mathematics (B.E.S.T. - Effective starting 2022-2023)
Grade Level(s): 7
Intended Audience: Educators educators, Students , Parents
Keywords: population density, exotic, non-native, statistics, estimate, Biscayne National Park, Biscayne Bay
Instructional Component Type(s): Perspectives Video: Expert

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