Rocky Mountain Bio Lab: Wildflowers
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- BioBlitz mapping activity somewhat similar to this one (see http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/activity/mapping-biodiversity/?ar_a=1&ar_r=999) would be a logical accompaniment to the Rocky Mountain Bio Lab video to get students engaged within their own local communities to experiment with the effects of climate change on plant species.
About the Science
- Hart has established an artificial heating effect on the meadow plants, suspecting that the 3-degree temperature increase may result in the reduction of flowering plants.
- Hart has been conducting this experiment since the 1970s within this ecosystem.
- Results since 1991 show evidence of change in the abundance of different species of plants as a result of the increased temperature.
- Comments from expert scientist: This is a great resource. It's just a short video, but it does show something quite valuable- a very simple, easy to understand experiment.
About the Pedagogy
- Educational materials to potentially accompany the video are not embedded but are available on National Geographic website.
- See: http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/activity/mapping-biodiversity/?ar_a=1&ar_r=999