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Climate Change and Reproductive Fitness in Red Deer


As an Undergraduate Biological Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer based tools to enable students to develop a comprehensive understanding about how vertebrate populations of red deer (Cervus elaphus) show evolutionary responses in terms of reproductive fitness to climate change.

Through this lesson students can observe how warming temperatures caused by climate change can have a direct effect on advancement of parturition time or breeding time. The changed breeding time and optimum fitness may reshape selective pressure and decrease population growth and place them at risk

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

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Understand the concept of reproductive fitness in animals
  2. Find out how reproductive fitness is related to natural selection
  3. Differentiate between phenotypic plasticity and evolutionary responses
  4. Decipher the role of climate change in affecting reproductive fitness in animals
  5. Find out some recent evidence/examples where reproductive fitness has been affected in animals due to climate change

Teacher-contributed lesson plan by Dr. Simran Jit (Assistant Professor, Miranda House, University of Delhi) and Dr. Jaspreet Kaur (Assistant Professor, Maitreyi College, University of Delhi)

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