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

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 the Tool

Tool Name What do Squirrels know about Climate Change?
Discipline Biological Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Biodiversity, Animal Diversity, Evolution and Behavior, Species and Speciation, Ecology, Populations, Zoogeography
Climate Topic Climate and the Biosphere
Type of Tool Laboratory Activity
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location North America
Language English
Developed by Beth Norman, Allan Ashworth, and Russell W. Graham
Hosted at Teach the Earth, Science Education Research Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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