This module will emphasize the evolutionary perspective, how different inference can be made at different scales and on translating general concepts into specific hypotheses and experimental manipulations.
Activity and Goals
Reading and homework
Tuesday 11 October
Topic: Ecological and Evolutionary consequences of global change
- Discussion of Parmesan and Yohe (2003)
- Discussion prompts: What is global change? What are the major ways in which natural populations and communities are responding to global change? How can we distinguish between ecological and evolutionary responses?
Readings for TODAY: Parmesan and Yohe 2003
Readings for next time: CaraDonna et al. (2014) and this website: http://www.digitalrmbl.org/case-studies/bcc_background/
Please bring a computer to class for next session. If you cannot do so, please speak with Jill in advance.
In class activity: Phenological responses to climate change
- We will be analyzing data from long-term records at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory on patterns of flowering phenology, migratory phenology, and the phenology of emergence from hibernation.
Tuesday 18 October
- Discussion of HW1
- Discussion prompts: Geological records show clear evidence that species migrated in response to previous bouts of climate change. What factors could impede migration in contemporary landscapes?
Thursday 20 October
- Discussion: Constraints on adaptation (Etterson and Shaw 2001) vs. adaptive responses to novel environments (Franks et al. 2016)
- Discussion prompts: Under which conditions might we expect adaptation to novel conditions?
Due Next Time
HW3 (2 page maximum): Design a study (experimental or observational) to test among your hypotheses. What data would you need to collect to test your predictions? Email to Jill before class and bring to class
Please read: Sinervo et al. (2010), and Cahill et al. (2013)
Tuesday 25 October
- Discussion prompts:
- Which species or populations may be most vulnerable to climate change? Could human actions (e.g., assisted migration) mitigate extinction risks?
- In class discussion of homework 3
HW4: Prepare short (5-10 minute) presentation of experiment designed to test alternative hypotheses underlying phenological responses to climate change.
Thursday 27 October
In class presentations of experimental design