Integrative Biology 24, Section 3

Biological Impacts of Climate Change (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Caroline Williams
Tuesday 2:00-3:00, 4110 Valley Life Sciences Building, Class number: 21572

The pace of current climate change is orders of magnitude faster than any changes experienced in the Earth's past. This is reconfiguring biological diversity in ways that we are only beginning to recognize. Organisms are shifting their distributions in time and space, and experiencing population fluctuations and extinctions. In this seminar we will explore the biological impacts of climate change on plants, animals (including humans), communities, and ecosystems.

Instructor Bio

Caroline Williams is an Assistant Professor in Integrative Biology. She is an evolutionary physiologist who studies the evolution of metabolism in response to environment perturbations. One of her research foci is the responses of insects to winter climate change.

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This seminar is for anyone who cares about the planet and wants to understand climate change research and become a more effective advocate for understanding climate change. You must be prepared to fully engage with the course, contribute actively to discussions, and do all the readings.