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Essay #3: Species and Climate Change?

Learning Objectives


The purpose of this essay is to learn how climate change affects different species. Before you begin this assignment, you will need to e-mail your TA the top 3 species you would like to write about. You may choose any species except humans and polar bears. Keep in mind you may select an animal, plant, fungus, bacteria, protozoa, or virus. The species that you select does NOT need to be endangered, nor does it need to be negatively affected by climate change (remember, some species will do better as the climate changes). Your TA will tell you which species you are assigned.


For this essay, answer the following prompts for your selected species. If you cannot find the answer to any of the prompts, state that in your essay. Be sure to investigate all recommended resources before stating that you cannot find the answer to one of the prompts.

1. Describe your species:

2. Describe the population:

3. Describe climate change predictions:

4. Discuss how habitat might change:

5. What do you think will happen to your species?


This assignment draws upon the following files:

Exercise 3: Climate Change and Species

Bloom, Arnold J (2010) Global Climate Change, Convergence of Disciplines, Sinauer Assoc., Sunderland, MA.

IUCN Red List: http://www.iucnredlist.org/

Federal Endangered Species List: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/species/index.html

National Geographic Animals: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/?source=NavAniHome

Center for Biological Diversity: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/species/


• Title page with your name, date, essay title
• 2-3 pages double spaced
• 12 point font, Times New Roman
• 1” margins
• You must use at least 4 references
• Include in-text citations and a reference list for any sources you use. The reference list does not count toward your page limit.
• Refer to the documents on Essay Writing and Formatting for examples and more details.