Debra Linton 1, Anna Monfils 1, Molly Phillips 2, and Elizabeth R. Ellwood 3
1Central Michigan University
2Florida Museum of Natural History
3La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
Corresponding author: Elizabeth R. Ellwood (firstname.lastname@example.org)
THE ECOLOGICAL QUESTION
What are the effects of climate change on butterfly phenology and how do phenological changes of one species compare to that of an associated species?
Butterfly, climate change, interspecific interactions, natural history collections, phenology
WHAT STUDENTS DO
Plot and analyze natural history specimen data to identify trends in butterfly phenology, plot temperature data and test for relationships between temperature and phenology, relate their findings to published research
using spread sheets, plotting data, analyzing data, interpreting data to address an ecological question, using data to predict interspecific interactions
Students work in cooperative groups to make predictions, visualize and analyze data, and evaluate primary literature.
completed scatterplots, written interpretation of a variety of data sources
- iDigBio portal of natural history collections records for butterfly specimen data (www.idigbio.org/portal/search)
- Environment and Climate Change – Canada for surface air temperature data of British Columbia (www.ec.gc.ca/dcchaahccd/default.asp?lang=en&n=1EEECD01-1)
Description of Resource Files:
Our sincere thanks to the AIM-UP! project for leading the way in integrating natural history collections in undergraduate education, to QUBES and the DIG Faculty Mentoring Network for providing the infrastructure and constructive discussions about this lesson, to the Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education (BLUE) network for ongoing dialogue on the topic, and to Central Michigan University for their support of this effort in their biology curriculum.
Debra Linton, Anna Monfils, Molly Phillips, and Elizabeth R. Ellwood. March 2018, posting date. The Effect of Climate Change on Butterfly Phenology. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Vol. 13: Practice #7 [online]. https://tiee.esa.org/vol/v13/issues/data_sets/ellwood/abstract.html