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Species Range Over Space and Time

Author(s): Debra Linton1, Anna Monfils1, Libby Ellwood2, Molly Phillips3

1. Central Michigan University 2. iDigBio 3. iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

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In this module, students use data from natural history collections to look at range shifts related to climate variables over different time periods.


There is strong evidence that rising temperatures has already led to significant shifts in species’ distributions. In this module, students will review published research data describing this evidence and the predicted consequences of biodiversity redistribution. Students then use data available from digitized Natural History Collections to investigate the distribution over time and space for a self-selected species. 

Students completing this module will be able to:

  • Predict how global temperature patterns might influence species’ distributions.
  • Use quantitative reasoning to collect, clean, and analyze data from a large, curated, aggregated dataset.

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