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The concept of interdependence in an ecosystem and its effect on the ...

The concept of interdependence in an ecosystem and its effect on the evolution of populations is further explored through a model of a dam. Students build a dam in the middle of the field, dividing the ecosystem in half to illustrate the affects of geographic isolation. They watch as the grass and then the rabbit populations in that region shift to one variant in the population. When students remove the dam, they observe the ecosystem slowly return to its original state.

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Concord Consortium
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The Concord Consortium
The National Science Foundation
Climate Change and Ecosystems
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In this activity students research the inter-dependencies among plants and animals in ...

In this activity students research the inter-dependencies among plants and animals in an ecosystem and explore how climate change might affect those inter-dependencies and the ecosystem as a whole.

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Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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World Wildlife Fund
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
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The ecological impacts of climate change are broad and diverse, altering species' ...

The ecological impacts of climate change are broad and diverse, altering species' range limits, plant phenology and growth, carbon and nutrient cycling, as well as biodiversity and extinction risk. Recent PLOS articles have used a variety of experimental and observational approaches to examine these impacts. The broad range of papers within this Collection emphasize not only the multi-faceted impacts of climate change on ecological and human systems, but also the breadth and depth of research on these subjects being reported in PLOS journals.

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Biology
Ecology
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Public Library of Science
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Climate Change and Ecosystems
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In this activity students research the inter-dependencies among plants and animals in ...

In this activity students research the inter-dependencies among plants and animals in an ecosystem and explore how climate change might affect those inter-dependencies and the ecosystem as a whole.

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Biology
Atmospheric Science
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Activities and Labs
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Climate Change and Arctic Ecosystems
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In this activity, students learn about how climate change is affecting the ...

In this activity, students learn about how climate change is affecting the Arctic ecosystem and then investigate how this change is impacting polar bear populations. Students analyze maps of Arctic sea ice, temperature graphs, and polar bear population data to answer questions about the impact of climate change on the Arctic ecosystem.

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Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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Project Activities for Conceptualizing Climate and Climate Change
Purdue University
Evolution Through Natural Selection
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In this unit, we describe the theory of evolution by natural selection ...

In this unit, we describe the theory of evolution by natural selection as proposed by Charles Darwin in his book, first published in 1859, On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. We will look at natural selection as Darwin did, taking inheritance for granted, but ignoring the mechanisms underlying it.

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The Open University
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Introduction to Natural Selection
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This lesson is an introduction to natural selection and is suited to ...

This lesson is an introduction to natural selection and is suited to any student who is just beginning his or her discovery of evolution. The motivation introduces a species of bird that became (over millions of years) numerous species, through adaptation. The development is a hands-on activity that demonstrates how populations change little by little, generation by generation, due to survival of species that have traits that are beneficial in an environment.

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Zoology
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AAAS
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Climate Change and Arctic Ecosystems
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In this activity, students learn about how climate change is affecting the ...

In this activity, students learn about how climate change is affecting the Arctic ecosystem and then investigate how this change is impacting polar bear populations. Students analyze maps of Arctic sea ice, temperature graphs, and polar bear population data to answer questions about the impact of climate change on the Arctic ecosystem.

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Biology
Atmospheric Science
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Activities and Labs
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Evolution, Natural Selection and Speciation
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In this out of class tutorial, students explore several examples of natural ...

In this out of class tutorial, students explore several examples of natural selection and speciation.

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Education
Life Science
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
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Scott Cooper
Natural Selection Simulation
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This classroom activity introduces the concept of natural selection and how it ...

This classroom activity introduces the concept of natural selection and how it relates to evolution. Students will use a variety of utensils including clothespins, tweezers and spoons to mimic animals with differently shaped mouths. The class will go through several trials, picking up at least twenty beans in one minute with their assigned utensil. If they fail to do so, their creature has died, demonstrating what happens to animals that cannot compete in the wild. Several discussion questions are included along with the activity.

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Life Science
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NSDL Staff
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Key Concepts in Biology
Coastal Climate Change
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As climate changes, dynamic coastal regions are experiencing a wide range of ...

As climate changes, dynamic coastal regions are experiencing a wide range of impacts. Sea levels, ocean acidification, sea surface temperatures, ocean heat, and ocean circulation have all been changing in ways unseen for thousands of years. Arctic sea ice melted significantly more during summers in the last 30 years, and storms are intensifying. Coastal ecosystems stand to be damaged, and coasts will likely erode from rising sea levels, intensified storm surges, and flooding that climate change may amplify. Coastal communities will need to prepare adaptation strategies to cope, and many who live or work in coastal regions are wondering what climate change might mean for them. This module provides an overview of the impacts coastal regions are experiencing and may continue to experience as a result of Earth’s changing climate. A video series within the module demonstrates effective strategies for communicating climate science.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Atmospheric Science
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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COMET
Natural Selection Because of Different Color: Camouflage
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In this activity (p.5-6 of PDF), learners investigate natural selection. Learners discover ...

In this activity (p.5-6 of PDF), learners investigate natural selection. Learners discover that natural selection, which takes place over decades, can lead to altered populations within a species. Use this activity to explain the role of pollution and how humans can impact populations as well as compare natural selection to the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, which occurs much more quickly.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Physics
Anthropology
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Dave Cavanagh
Laura Cavanagh
Nikki Pickup
North Dakota Tribal Members Talk About Climate Change
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In this short video segment Native Americans talk about climate change and ...

In this short video segment Native Americans talk about climate change and how it impacts their lives as they experience unexpected changes in environmental conditions. They describe observed changes in seasonality, how these changes affect ecosystems and habitats, their respect for Mother Earth, and the participation of tribal colleges in climate change research projects.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Video Lectures
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
PBS LearningMedia
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PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
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NASA
Teachers' Domain
WGBH
WGBH Educational Foundation
The Ecology of Climate Change
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This video focuses on the conifer forest in Alaska to explore the ...

This video focuses on the conifer forest in Alaska to explore the carbon cycle and how the forest responds to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide. Topics addressed in the video include wildfires, reflectivity, and the role of permafrost in the global carbon cycle.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Video Lectures
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
American Museum of Natural History
Clippy Island: An Investigation into Natural Selection
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In this activity, leaners will observe the process of natural selection on ...

In this activity, leaners will observe the process of natural selection on a population of birds called 'Springbeaks' over four seasons of breeding on an isolated environment called 'Clippy Island.' Learners will simulate feeding in a timed exercise to illustrate how a limited food supply and the introduction of genetic variants can lead to natural selection and adaptation. Learners will examine whether or not beak size affects the ability of a Springbeak to gather food and how this variation can affect successive generations in the population. This activity is designed for large groups of 30 learners but can work for smaller groups of at least 16 learners.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Anthropology
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Dr. Amanda Bamford
Dr. Susan Bulleid
Hannah Chalk
Henry McGhie
Lauren Furness
Louise Sutherland
The Manchester Museum
The University of Manchester
Natural Selection in Protected and Unprotected Populations
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In this simulation, learners model two elephant seal populations and how they ...

In this simulation, learners model two elephant seal populations and how they change over time. Learners start with cards representing a variety of seals. Each generation, some seals survive to reproduce, passing on their traits to new seals. The amount of variation in the protected seal population stays high, while the unprotected population becomes more limited by selective pressure. In the related activity, learners can graph their data about the seal populations to show how they change over time.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Berkeley Natural History Museums
Crissy Huffard