Adaptation or Extinction: Animals & Climate Change (cancelled)

Betsy Sherman

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 lab work in biology
Credits: 4
M 8:00am - 9:50am; Th 8:00am - 9:50am
Maximum Enrollment: 15
This course is categorized as All courses, Environment, Four Credit, 4000, Biology, Monday and/or Thursday Mornings, Betsy Sherman.