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Evolutionary Adaptations to Climate Change


As a high school or undergraduate Biological Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to teach about evolutionary adaptations in animals due to climate change

Evolutionary Adaptation is the morphological or physiological adjustment of organisms to their environment to improve their chances of survival. With climate change associated altered precipitation patterns, rising sea-levels, and extreme weather events, ecosystems across the globe are being disrupted. This lesson plan includes resources that explain how climate change is affecting many animals species and how they are adapting to their changed environments.

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.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Learn about how different animal species cope with environmental changes
  2. Understand what evolutionary adaptations are and how they differ from phenotypic plasticity or traits
  3. Discuss how living organisms are evolving to adapt to climate change

Teacher-contributed lesson plan by Dr Rajendra Phartyal and Dr Mansi Verma, Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi), India

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