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Animals are increasingly faced with rapid climate change driven by human activities across the globe. How do they cope with challenges imposed by increasing temperature? And, how might physiological mechanisms at the organismal level scale up to influence population processes? This course uses an integrative approach to understand the impacts of climate change at multiple levels of biological organization in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. We examine physiological mechanisms underlying animal responses and the role of acclimation versus adaptation in coping with rapidly shifting thermal environments. We then consider the impacts of these mechanisms on whole organism performance and their consequences for population persistence. Finally, we learn the analytical tools used to incorporate physiological mechanisms into ecological models to predict future responses to global climate change. Class discussions will focus on readings drawn from the primary literature.
Format: seminar; Synchronous discussions with in-person and remote option. Satisfies the distribution requirement for the Biology major.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
Evaluation will be based on class participation and several short papers.
BIOL 203 or BIOL 205, or permission of instructor
Biology seniors who have not yet taken a 400 level course
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI Natural World Electives