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Using a long-term data set from Ohio to analyze climate change and it’s impacts on phenology and ecological interactions

Author(s): Caroline DeVan

New Jersey Institute of Technology

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This is an FMN participant modification of the TIEE module "Investigating the footprint of climate change on phenology and ecological interactions in north-central North America," authored by Kellen Calinger in 2014.

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Version 1.0 - published on 19 Jun 2017 doi:10.25334/Q4S888 - cite this

Adapted from: Investigating the footprint of climate change on phenology and ecological interactions in north-central North America v 1.0



The module was implemented at the New Jersey Institute of Technology by Caroline M. DeVan. 

  • Course: Biology 205 – Foundations in Ecology and Evolution Honors 
  • Course Level: Second semester freshman/first semester sophomore – required introductory class for biology majors.
  • Instructional Setting: Lecture – 32 students
  • Implementation Timeframe: One class period (~1 hour) & some homework, April 21 – second to last lecture – Climate Change Unit


I made very few modifications to this module.  Primarily I simplified – asking students to create graphs from one geographic unit (that I assigned to them) rather than two and instead I had them compare the graphs between groups instead.  I also gave them the graphs for the plants rather than have them create them on their own.  I also had them complete the final section outside of class (because we ran out of time) and briefly went over the material the next class period.

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