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BIOL 417 Climate Change Ecology

This course examines current scientific understanding of the ecological effects of climate change. Topics include the global climate system, greenhouse effect warming, and the effects of climate change on plants and animals at the physiological, community, and ecosystem levels. Students read and discuss primary scientific literature. This course serves as an upper division elective in the Biology and Environmental Science majors.


Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.
Overlap: ESCI 417.
3 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 3, 2023 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Recall and apply scientific knowledge in areas of the ecology of climate change, theoretical, experimental and observational, at the upper division level;
  • Interpret primary scientific literature in this field;
  • Effectively communicate their analysis of an article of primary scientific literature in this field;
  • Synthesize a description of the observed and expected impacts of climate change on a particular geographical region or habitat type;
  • Critically evaluate arguments about the significance of the impacts of climate change on Earth, and strategies that have been proposed to mitigate them.