Ecoclimate Lab

Informal Teaching

Swann works with middle school girls to measure transpiration from a branch.

Our lab regularly participates in the Girls In Science program at the Burke Museum. Below are materials for activities based the two topics that we have developed.

Plants, Stomata, and Water Flux

A learning module to explore how plants exchange water with the atmosphere through four activities. Materials: Worksheet, (rough) instructions, and required materials list.

Greenhouse Gasses and Climate Change

A learning module to explore climate change causes and solutions through six activities, described further in a blog post by Marlies Kovenock. All materials can be found in this zip file.

Classroom Teaching

ATM S 350 / ATM S 591: Ecological Climatology (Autumn)

This course focuses on the connections between ecosystems and climate including physical, chemical and biological interactions. We investigate global scale implications and the expected response of a coupled earth system under past and future climate change.

ATM S/OCEAN/ESS 588: The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate (Winter)

This course covers oceanic and terrestrial biogeochemical processes controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Records of current, past, and projections of future changes in the earth’s carbon cycle from geological, oceanographic and terrestrial archives will be discussed. The course focuses on anthropogenic perturbations and seasonal to interannual cycles. Students will develop simple box models, discuss results of complex models, and evaluate possible future pathways for atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. 

ATM S 111: Global Warming, Understanding the Issues 

This course includes a broad overview of the science of global warming. Discusses the causes, evidence, future projections, societal and environmental impacts, and potential solutions. Introduces the debate on global warming with a focus on scientific issues.

BIOL 315: Biological Impacts of Climate Change (Autumn)

Climate change is one of the most profound problems of our times, influencing every aspect of the world around us. This course focuses on biological impacts of climate change, such as changes in species distributions, altered species interactions, phenology (timing of life events), and ecosystem dynamics. The implications of these biological impacts for society, including food security, public health and the management and preservation of our natural resources are also discussed.

BIOL 561D: Ecoclimate Reading Group (all)

This reading group focuses broadly on understanding the interactions between ecosystems and climate at global scales.  Topics of interest include the effects of hydrology, ecosystem functioning, observations of, and our ability to model different aspects of the coupled ecosystem-climate system.  The group has had regular participation from graduate students in Atmospheric Sciences and Biology, professors from Atmospheric Sciences and Biology, and postdocs from Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.  Graduate students may register for credit.