Understanding the Mountain Pine Beetle
http://learnmoreaboutclimate.colorado.edu/lessons/view/id/5

Melissa Barker, Jim Moulton, Barbara Keith, Cheryl Manning, Learnmoreaboutclimate, University of Colorado, Boulder


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This lesson plan has students working in small groups to research the Mountain Pine Beetle in Colorado and other inter-mountain Western states. Students identify the factors that control pine beetle population and research how warmer winters and decreasing spring snowpack allow the population of pine beetles to expand.


Subject: Biology, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change
Resource Type: Activities
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Atmospheric Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change