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- Use as part of an ecosystem or climate science unit or lesson.
- Extension suggestions: research how the mountain pine beetle infestation has affected ecosystems (bear habitats) and changed laws. How big is the area affected? What effect does a changing climate have on the beetle infestation?
- Have students sketch out how mountain pine beetle infestation affects different spheres.
About the Science
- Drs. Raffa and Blomquist study the mountain pine beetle and how climate change is impacting its spread. Their research focuses on mountain pine beetles' pheromones – which attract other beetles to the infested trees thereby overwhelming and killing the trees – in order to prevent further outbreaks of these beetles.
- Comments from expert scientist: Excellent explanation of some of the mountain pine beetle (MPB) ecology, including a good primer on pheremones and mass attack. Good illustrations, and the people interviewed truly are experts in the field. Makes mechanistic links between MPB and climate change.
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