# Sampling Strategies for Ecology Research in the Intertidal Zone

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Subject(s): Mathematics
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Intended Audience: Educators
Keywords: anemone, marine, ocean, biology, statistics, quadrat, random, sampling, transect, beach, Will Ryan, Florida, Florida State University, FSU, intertidal zone, sea anemone
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