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Investigating the Footprint of Climate Change on Phenology and Ecological Interactions in North-Central North America

By Kellen M. Calinger

The Ohio State University

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The Ecological Question

Have long-term temperatures changed throughout Ohio? How will these temperature changes impact plant and animal phenology, ecological interactions, and, as a result, species diversity?

This teaching material allows students to:

  • produce and analyze graphs of temperature change using large, long-term data sets (synthesis, Analysis)
  • Develop methods for calculating species-specific shifts in flowering time with temperature change (Synthesis)
  • Describe the ecological consequences of shifting plant and animal phenology (Comprehension)
  • Evaluate data "cherry-picking" as a climate change skeptical tactic (Evaluation)

There is open-ended inquiry, guided inquiry, cooperative learning, critical thinking

Cite this work

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Kellen M. Calinger. April 2014, posting date. Investigating the footprint of climate change on phenology and ecological interactions in north-central North AmericaTeaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Vol. 10: Practice #1 [online]. http://tiee.esa.org/vol/v10/issues/datasets/calinger/abstract.html

  • Kellen M. Calinger (2015), "Investigating the Footprint of Climate Change on Phenology and Ecological Interactions in North-Central North America," https://qubeshub.org/resources/624.

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Wendy Jo Levenson

University of Pittsburgh