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Obviously field study is preferred as the most effective form of research although lack of travel funds and time may not allow field study in every area of study. Use this online virtual interactive lab to study the biodiversity of macro-invertebrates of a freshwater community. Students will use the online virtual freshwater stream linked here to collect, compare, and analyze the data acquired from the virtual non-polluted, moderately polluted, and severely polluted water communities. Once data has been collected, students will use the Simpson's Diversity Index as well as species richness and species evenness in order to discuss the changes in biodiversity as the quality of water changes. This activity is best used with Google suits and a link is provided in the document for easy conversion. *Note: This activity may be too rigorous. An additional spreadsheet has been included with the tables, formulas, and charts already in place. All student have to do is insert the data.