Fecal Coliforms in Antarctica

TitleFecal Coliforms in Antarctica
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2002
Date Published08/2002
PublisherNational Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAntarctica , BIOLOGY , coliforms , enteric , ENVIRONMENTAL ethics , experimental , fecal , Greenpeace , growth , McMurdo , Microbes , SAMPLING , SCIENCE , sewage
AbstractIn this interrupted case study, students explore the environmental consequences of Antarctic research as they design experiments to assess the impact of disposing untreated sewage from a research station into the ocean. Students review experimental methods to measure coliform bacteria, examine data, and decide what actions, if any, should be taken. The can be used in either a non-majors course in science literacy or a general microbiology class studying bacterial detection methods. For non-majors, the instructor would emphasize the mechanics of data collection and analysis and may touch on the environmental implications of finding fecal coliforms in Antarctic waters. For microbiology students, the instructor would highlight the bacteriology and pair the case with a lab.
NotesCase from the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University of Buffalo. http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/
Abbreviated Case NameFecal Coliforms in Antartica
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