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Bark Beetle Outbreaks

National Science Foundation, NBC Learn, Science 360 Network

In this video, the mountain pine beetle problem is explained by two scientists. Their research investigates the beetle and how climate change is hastening its spread.

Video length 5:14 minutes.

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Teaching Tips

  • Use as part of an unit or lesson on ecosystems and climate science.
  • Extension suggestions: research how the mountain pine beetle infestation has affected ecosystems (such as bear habitats, for example) and changed management practices. 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 ecology, including a good primer on pheromones and mass attack. Good illustrations, and the people interviewed truly are experts in the field. Makes mechanistic links between mountain pine beetles and climate change.

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