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Dr. Alemu is an applied marine ecologist interested in applying ecosystems thinking to help solve conservation problems. Most of his research focuses on the tropical reef communities surrounding his home of Trinidad and Tobago, though his current research is based in Singapore, where he is studying ecosystem benefits.

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This lesson is based off of "Fish assemblages on fringing reefs in the southern Caribbean: Biodiversity, biomass, and feeding types" by Jahson B. Alemu I., published in the International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation in 2014. In our lesson, students will get creative while coloring different fish, coral, and seaweed species, and then apply their knowledge in an interactive storytelling game where they learn how all of the animals and plants on tropical reefs interact with and affect each other!

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