Effects of Climate Change
to Life on Earth
This Web Seminar took place April 22, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Lisa Gardiner, Educational Designer with the Office of Education and Outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado and Dr. Sandra Henderson, Director of Project Budburst at UCAR. In part five of the series, Dr. Gardiner presented information on the current and anticipated effects of climate change on Earth’s creatures and ecosystems by targeting a few specific examples of current changes. Dr.Henderson talked about Project BudBurst, a national field campaign for citizen scientists.
This web seminar is part of a series of six programs designed to bring climate education resources to secondary educators from the Office of Education and Outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research [UCAR]. Dr. Gardiner gave examples of how current changes in climate have allowed destructive insect species such as the mountain pine beetle to extend their range and influence. She also talked about human impacts such as the increase spread of disease and movement of mosquitoes and other disease causing insects into regions they had not previously occupied. Dr. Henderson talked about Project BudBurst and how educators can become involved and get their students involved in this project designed to help citizen scientists become involved in monitoring and recording climate change.
Fifty-three (53) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona,
Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,
North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and
Wisconsin. One participant joined from a country outside of the United States: Romania.
Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuides and a certificate of attendance was deposited into their PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “The health section is one I am not as familiar with - so it was great to learn new stuff.”
- “Project BudBurst will be used by my family now and by my classes when I return to the classroom. Also, lots of great information on the effects of climate change.”
- “A good overview of climate change. Several good resources - Project BudBurst, Windows to the Universe, etc.”
- “Climate change discussions often do not address changes to plants and trees, as mentioned in this program. I found the comparison of pictures from different time periods very valuable.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!
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