Climate and the Biosphere

A video micro-lecture that describes different ways in which climate change affects behaviour, morphology, and physiology of organisms. This video lecture by Dr. George Gilchrist, Professor of Biology at the College of William and Mary,
A review  article that describes the spread of disease in plants due to climate change. This article in the African Journal of Biotechnology discusses how rising temperatures and changing concentrations of carbon dioxide can affect
A review article on the proximate causes of climate change related species extinction. This article by Cahill et al in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B contains various case studies on direct and indirect
A case study on the first documented species extinction caused by human-induced climate change. This case study describes how the Bramble Cay melomys, an endemic species found in Bramble Cay in Northern Australia, is the
A fact sheet of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the existential status of the Bramble Cay melomys species. The Bramble Cay melomys is the first mammalian species thought to have gone
An article on the effect of rising temperatures on the metabolism of various terrestrial ectotherms. The article by Dillon et al published in Nature describes the relationship between climate change and metabolic rate globally. Further,
A classroom/laboratory activity to measure the metabolic rate in living organisms and to understand the possible effects of rising temperatures on metabolic rate of these organisms. This activity demonstrates how metabolic activity changes in ectotherms
An article on the difference between evolutionary adaptation and phenotypic plasticity. This article by the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education highlights various factors, such as natural selection
A chapter from the report, ‘Psychology and Global Climate Change’, of The American Psychological Association that describes the impacts of climate change on mental health and well-being. It includes discussions on the following: Psychosocial and
A video lecture that gives an overview of how vegetation responds to climate change in terms of phenotypic plasticity, range shifts, phenology, and population changes. Students will learn about plant responses to increased CO2 levels,
This teaching module allows students to explore the role of stomata in regulating leaf temperature and water loss from plants under different environmental and climatic conditions. Students will observe the nature and distribution of stomata
A simple simulator that allows users to change a range of variables such as the color of light, brightness of light, and carbon dioxide concentration, and then note their impact on the photosynthetic efficiency of
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