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1The Biology of Climate Change: The effects of a changing climate on migrating and over-wintering species at a high-elevation field station 1Climate Change, Phenology, and Community Interactions: Helping students explore the complexity of changing ecosystems

Authors

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1Sara Bartelli () 1John Doudna ()
2Amy Ellwein (Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory) 2John Doudna ()
3Carrie Wu (University of Richmond)   
4Kristine Grayson (University of Richmond)   

Description

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1<p>Students engage with long-term environmental and phenology data sets (spanning over 40 years) collected at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, a high-elevation field station in Colorado, to explore the effects of climate change on the phenology of migrating and hibernating species. After becoming familiar with the geographic context, people involved with the data collection, and organisms studied through background readings and videos, students explore the raw data set in Excel and/or using an interactive data visualization tool. In small groups, students reproduce figures and regressions from Inouye et al. (2000) based on those data, then expand their analyses with data collected during the subsequent decade. By comparing analyses that encompass different time spans, students evaluate the original interpretations from Inouye et al. (2000), explain possible discrepancies, and generate predictions for future patterns. Finally, students build upon their initial analyses by developing and testing hypotheses about patterns found in other organisms in the data set, and combine these to discuss the ecological consequences of shifting plant and animal phenology in group presentations.</p>  1<p>Students engage with findings from long-term environmental and phenology data sets collected at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, a high-elevation field station in Colorado, to explore the effects of climate change on the phenology of migrating and hibernating species.&nbsp; After becoming familiar with the people involved with the data collection, and organisms studied through videos and discussion, students <strong>explore</strong> figures and regressions from Inouye et al. (2000) based on those data <strong>to understand the value of regressions in detecting patterns and possible mismatches of animal and/or plant phenology (e.g. marmots emerge before plants grow big enough to be nutritious)</strong>.&nbsp; Students can then build upon their initial understanding by <strong>exploring data through the National Phenology Network (NPN), choosing a trophic relationship, and exploring the possibility of mismatches. Finally, students present their results in the form of a &ldquo;poster&rdquo; drawn on the board and discuss with the class their findings.</strong></p>
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3<p>The authors thank billy barr and David Inouye for contributing data to this module, numerous RMBL scientists for their work on the Digital RMBL web site, and participants in the 2017 QUBES DIG into Data Faculty Mentoring Network for support and valuable discussions.</p>  3<p>The two&nbsp;parts of the activity can be completed in a single period of ~2.5 hours, over several periods, or each phase can be used separately to explore scientific publications and findings (Inouye article) or contemporary data to&nbsp;look&nbsp;for possible phonological shifts and mismatches&nbsp;(NPN).</p>
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5<p><strong>Please cite as:</strong></p>    
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7<p>Carrie Wu and Amy Ellwein. 2017. The Biology of Climate Change: The effects of a changing climate on migrating and over-wintering species at a high-elevation field station. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Vol. 13: Practice #2 [online]. <a href="http://tiee.esa.org/vol/v13/issues/data_sets/wu/abstract.html">http://tiee.esa.org/vol/v13/issues/data_sets/wu/abstract.html</a>.&nbsp;doi:10.25334/Q4X696</p>   

Attachments

1 file — ./biology of climate change.jpg 1 file — ./Doudna/Inouye etal 2000 PNAS.pdf
2 link — Link to TIEE publication and teaching materials for The Biology of Climate Change: The effects of a changing climate on migrating and over-wintering species at a high-elevation field station 2 file — ./Doudna/Inouye Paper Guide.docx
3 file — ./Doudna/NPN Guide.docx
4 file — ./Doudna/Phenology Lab Instructor Guide.docx
5 file — ./Doudna/Phenology Lab Presentation.pptx
6 file — ./Doudna/six-leaf-index-anomaly_NPN.png
7 link — NPN Visualization Tool
8 link — The End of Snow on Vimeo
9 link — The Snow Guardian on Vimeo
10 file — ./Doudna/six-leaf-index-anomaly_NPN.png
11 link — Link to TIEE publication and teaching materials for The Biology of Climate Change: The effects of a changing climate on migrating and over-wintering species at a high-elevation field station