Video: Evolutionary Biology: Where Do We Go Now?

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, on evolutionary adaptation highlights the difference between environmental adaptation and phenotypic plasticity, including the importance of acclimation for survival.

Students will learn about evolutionary adaptation, difference between adaptation and acclimation and how climate change may affect the distribution of animals in the tropical and temperate zones. Students will further learn why tropical organisms are at a greater potential risk of extinction due to climate change.  

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is evolutionary adaptation?
  2. What is the difference between adaptation and acclimation? Illustrate with examples.
  3. How does climate change affect the distribution of tropical populations?

About the Tool

Tool Name Coping with Climate Change – Evolution in the News
Discipline Biological Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Phenotypic Plasticity, Adaptation,Acclimation, Abiotic Factors,Genetic Variation, Range Shift
Climate Topic Climate and the Biosphere
Type of Tool Video lecture
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Developed by Dr. George Gilchrist, College of William and Mary
Hosted at NESCentMedia Channel on YouTube
Link Video Link
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Reading: Adaptation or Plasticity?

A guidebook of gender-sensitive approaches to climate change policy for city planning. It discusses the different ways in which women and men are affected by climate change. This guidebook includes discussions on gender inequalities such as gender division of labour, gender differentials in income, gender biases in decision making, and other factors contributing to climate vulnerability.

Students will understand how climate change impacts genders differently. They will also learn the importance of gender sensitivity in formulating climate change policies. Students will be introduced to gender sensitive climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience in cities.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. How does climate change affect genders differently?
  2. Give a few reasons why climate change policies should use a gender-sensitive approach
  3. What are the priorities for gender-sensitive climate policies at urban levels?

About the Tool 

Tool Name Gender and Urban Climate Policy: Gender-Sensitive Policies Make a Difference
Discipline Humanities, Social Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Gender, Gender and Climate Change, Gender Inequality, Urban Planning, Public Policy, Climate Change Policy, Climate Vulnerability
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics, and Environmental Governance
Type of Tool Reading
Grade Level Undergraduate, Graduate
Location  Global
Language English
Developed by Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development 
Hosted at Giz, UN Habitat, Gender CC 
Link Reading Link
Access Online, Offline
Computer Skills Basic