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Squirrel Species Distribution and Climate Change

Classroom/Laboratory Activity

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.

Students will analyze data for past and modern squirrel populations and habitats, and will then interpret and discuss their findings.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Describe the habitats for different squirrel species.
  2. How has climate change affected squirrel species distribution over time? 
About Tool
Tool NameWhat do Squirrels know about Climate Change?
DisciplineBiological Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineBiodiversity, Animal Diversity, Evolution, Species and Speciation, Ecology, Populations, Zoogeography
Climate TopicClimate and the Biosphere
Type of toolLaboratory Activity
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationNorth America, USA
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Developed byBeth Norman, Allan Ashworth, and Russell W. Graham
Hosted atTeach the Earth, Science Education Research Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Computer SkillsBasic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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