Short Course Description
While global climate change is of increasing concerns worldwide, the rapidly?emerging field of Climate Change Ecology is just beginning to address how organisms and ecosystems will respond. This course will focus on the physical science perspectives on global environmental change by discussing the causes, mechanisms, and impacts of major types of global changes (climate and land-use changes) on ecosystem structure and functions. The course will emphasize how integrating ecology, physiology, behavior, and evolution is enabling understanding past responses and predicting future responses at various scales. The course will consist of lectures, student presentations and discussion of readings, and two field trips to visit climate change research stations and laboratories in Israel. Emphasis will be placed on the recent literature, but will also include readings from various sources and guest lectures.
This course will rely on both frontal lectures, reading of primary scientific literature, group participation and discussion. Efforts will be made to provide students with some important ?fundamentals? and generally deepen our understanding of climate change ecology.
Course Learning Goals:
The goal of the course is to critically evaluate information about the causes and biological
consequences of the major types of global change as a result of human activities.
1. To gain a broad understanding of the mechanisms by which microorganisms, plants, animals, communities, and ecosystems are responding to climate and land-use change
2. To directly engage with the primary literature and identify topics at the frontier of global change research
3. To enhance skills in communicating science and to become acquainted with methods and tools for predicting future responses to global climate change.
4. To gain knowledge on what changes would be needed to stabilize or reverse current trends and how science is (or is not) translated into policy.