Organisms are sensitive to changes in their environment, and the timing of many events depends on environmental cues that change with the season, such as temperature, moisture, and solar radiation.
As temperatures increase, scientists and non-scientists have observed changes in phenology. For example, plants may grow new leaves and make flowers earlier, while fall bird migrations are delayed.
Phenology comes from latin phaino to appear and logos to view.
In this field study, students will quantitatively evaluate the phenology of plants around campus, enter data into spreadsheets, and upload findings to the national phenology network.
To be completed before class
- Learn to participate in global change science
- Develop Citizen Scientists / Scientific literacy among populace and politicians
- engage students with their surroundings