Adaptation or Extinction: Animals and Climate Change (BIO4222.01)

Elizabeth Sherman
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Global climate change has been implicated in the extinction of some animal species, changes in the geographic ranges of others, and many species appear to be increasingly vulnerable to both biotic (e.g. disease, competitors) and abiotic (e.g. temperature, acidification, pollutants, drought) stressors. Will different animal species adapt to global climate change or disappear? What influences their survival? Is variation among individuals in a population a substrate for adapting to changes in the environment or are these changes occurring too rapidly? We will examine these questions in discussions of papers from the primary literature. Students will design and conduct research projects informed by the questions we discuss.

Prerequisites: Prior work in biology.
Credits: 4
T 10:10am - 12:00pm; F 10:10am - 12:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 16
This course is categorized as 4000, All courses, Biology, Elizabeth Sherman, Environment, Four Credit, Tuesday and/or Friday Mornings, and tagged .