Reading: Natural Selection and Evolutionary Rescue of a Species
A reading that shows that climate change can be a selective pressure in natural selection. It explains how the selection of a character that provides an adaptive advantage in a changed environment, leads to theRead more.
Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Carbon Dioxide and Photosynthetic Rates
A classroom/laboratory activity that shows how to measure the rate of photosynthesis and its changes under different conditions including high concentrations of carbon dioxide, a potential contributor to climate change.Read more.
Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Squirrel Species Distribution and Climate Change
A classroom/laboratory activity to examine and analyze squirrel species distribution and habitat data (from the USA) over time, and to interpret the possible relationship between climate change and changes in biodiversity.Read more.
Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Climate Change and Phenology in Plants (Flowering)
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about phenology and phenological events, and to understand the potential impacts of climate change on periodic life-cycle events in plants, specifically, on the bloom date of North American lilac shrubs.Read more.
Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Survival Skills—Response of Organisms to Climate Change
A classroom/laboratory activity to analyze the distribution of beetle, mammal, and plant species (for datasets from North America) in the past (based on fossil records), determine whether the same species exist today, and compare theRead more.
Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Climate Change and Leaf-out in Plants
A classroom/laboratory activity to explore the possible role of climate-related environmental factors in the timing of leaf-out in plants (specifically, red maple leaf-out in New England).Read more.
Videos: Climate Change and the Biosphere
A series of micro-lectures (videos) for an overview of the relationships between the Earth's climate, the biosphere, and the lithosphere. Climate Science Education Series A collection of micro-lectures by Raghu Murtugudde, Professor, University of Maryland, USA DevelopedRead more.
Teaching Module: Climate Change & Phenological Events in Plants and Animals
A set of resources to understand the link between periodic life-cycle events in plants and animals (such as flowering, leaf-out, and migration), and climate change.Read more.
Model/Simulator: Daisyworld—A Model to Explore the Gaia Hypothesis
A model/simulator to explore the Gaia hypothesis and the concepts of albedo and hysteresis through the example of daisies (living organisms) and their interaction with temperature (climatic factor).Read more.