Course Number 0455-3082-01
Course Name Climate Change Ecology
Academic Unit The George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences -
Lecturer Prof. Marcelo SternbergContact
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Office Hours By appointmentBuilding: CohenPorter/Britania-Life Sci , Room: 612
Mode of Instruction Lecture and Laboratory
Credit Hours 3
Semester 2022/2
Day Wed
Hours 16:00-18:00
Building Sherman - Life Sciences
Room 003
Course is taught in English
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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.

Course Prerequisites: Ecology (0455.1809.01 ? Life Sciences faculty) or Introduction to Ecology (0910.1500.01 ? Porter School). Students that have not taken these courses or equivalent will not be accepted

Field trip:
Two field trip are planned.: 1) Friday, April 1st, 2022 and 2) Friday, May 13th 2022. The field trips will last around seven hours (from 7:00 to 14:00). Attendance is compulsory.

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Course Requirements

Final Exam

Students may be required to submit additional assignments
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The specific prerequisites of the course,
according to the study program, appears on the program page of the handbook

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