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Middle School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas
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- Provides a great introduction to the complex relationships among climate, trees, bark beetles, and wildfires.
About the Science
- With mild winters, early springs and longer summers, bark beetles have more opportunities to burrow into trees and eventually kill them. Drought also increases stress on trees and makes them more susceptible to bark beetles.
- Comment from expert scientist: Video provides a good, basic overview of mountain pine beetle ecology and fire ecology in the inland US West. Provides a good mechanistic link between climate change and these disturbances, as well as information related to the actual mechanism of the disturbance as well.
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- There is no background material provided with this video.
- Although this video focuses on the bark beetle problem in Washington state, the topic is applicable throughout the Western US.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3
MS-LS2.C1:Ecosystems are dynamic in nature; their characteristics can vary over time. Disruptions to any physical or biological component of an ecosystem can lead to shifts in all its populations.
MS-LS2.C2:Biodiversity describes the variety of species found in Earth’s terrestrial and oceanic ecosystems. The completeness or integrity of an ecosystem’s biodiversity is often used as a measure of its health
MS-ESS3.C1:Human activities have significantly altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging or destroying natural habitats and causing the extinction of other species. But changes to Earth’s environments can have different impacts (negative and positive) for different living things.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 4
HS-ESS3.C1:The sustainability of human societies and the biodiversity that supports them requires responsible management of natural resources.
HS-LS2.C1:A complex set of interactions within an ecosystem can keep its numbers and types of organisms relatively constant over long periods of time under stable conditions. If a modest biological or physical disturbance to an ecosystem occurs, it may return to its more or less original status (i.e., the ecosystem is resilient), as opposed to becoming a very different ecosystem. Extreme fluctuations in conditions or the size of any population, however, can challenge the functioning of ecosystems in terms of resources and habitat availability.
HS-LS2.C2:Moreover, anthropogenic changes (induced by human activity) in the environment—including habitat destruction, pollution, introduction of invasive species, overexploitation, and climate change—can disrupt an ecosystem and threaten the survival of some species.
HS-LS4.D1:Humans depend on the living world for the resources and other benefits provided by biodiversity. But human activity is also having adverse impacts on biodiversity through overpopulation, overexploitation, habitat destruction, pollution, introduction of invasive species, and climate change. Thus sustaining biodiversity so that ecosystem functioning and productivity are maintained is essential to supporting and enhancing life on Earth. Sustaining biodiversity also aids humanity by preserving landscapes of recreational or inspirational value.