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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, English Language Arts, Career Skills

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  • Articles and Websites
  • Videos, 10 minutes, 37 seconds

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Meet Dr. Kristine Laidre an Arctic Marine Mammal Biologist

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  • This article introduces students to Doctor Kristine Laidre, a marine mammal biologist who explains her career's duties, educational requirements, professional timeline, and benefits.
  • Students will learn about the different environments a biologist might encounter and the research, personal rewards, and obstacles for a career in ocean sciences.
Teaching Tips


  • The interview is constructed with each answer as a short paragraph, so teachers will be able to easily pause for questions or class discussion throughout the lesson.
  • Dr. Laidre presents a positive experience incorporating science as a career.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have some prior knowledge of marine mammals and the profession of biology.
  • It may help students, especially ELL students, to have labeled images of the animals and equipment mentioned in the article and video before they start.


  • There is a musical background track on the video that makes the narration difficult to hear, especially for individuals with auditory processing difficulties. The transcript is located under the video and will assist comprehension.
  • Some of the questions asked of Dr. Laidre can also be asked of students, such as, "Who influenced you or encouraged you the most," so teachers can have students create journal entries with the relevant questions.
  • English teachers can have students read the interview, and then conduct similar interviews with other local professionals, or conduct remote interviews with other biologists worldwide.
  • Career counselors can have students click on the "Careers" tab to learn about several ocean exploration careers.
  • Science students can research the impacts of climate change on the arctic and discuss how this could influence a marine biologist's work.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides an overview of ocean exploration careers and features marine mammal biologist Dr. Kristin Laidre. A video is provided in which Kristin discusses her career in ocean science and research and how she got started in the field and what her work entails. The resource would spur students' interest in science careers.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • HS-LS2-2. Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.
      • HS-LS2-8. Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.TS.11–12.4 Evaluate the author’s choices concerning structure and the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
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