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Biodiversity and Species Extinction due to Climate Change


As an undergraduate Biological Sciences or Environmental Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to teach about biodiversity and the vulnerability of species due to climate change.

The biodiversity of plant and animal species on planet Earth is threatened by several factors such as habitat loss, poaching, disease, overexploitation of natural resources, and introduction of invasive species. Climate change is expected to be one of the leading causes of species decline or extinction. This lesson plan discusses the extinction of one mammal species, the Bramble Cay melomys. It is believed to be the first mammalian extinction due to climate change.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Biological Sciences or Environmental Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Understand the importance of biodiversity
  2. Explain the role of climate change in impacting biodiversity
  3. Discuss the causes for extinction of a species due to climate change
  4. Explain the susceptibilities of certain species to climatic variations

Teacher-submitted lesson plan, contributed by Dr. Robin Suyesh, Assistant Professor, Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi), India

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