One requirement of the biology major at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is completion of a Biology Senior Seminar. In Fall 2011 ten students participated in a seminar on "Biological Responses to Climate Change" that was facilitated by Professor Elizabeth Newell.
Climate change is nothing new. Earth's climate has been anything but constant over its history, and organisms have either responded or gone extinct. What's likely to happen in this current period of climate change? That's the main question addressed in this seminar.
The articles below detail the potential impacts of climate change on a whole host of organisms, from apples and wine grapes in the Finger Lakes to Emperor Penguins in the Antarctic. They were written for general audiences, so they aren't overly technical. We hope you find them interesting and thought-provoking.
The Future of NYS Apples in a Warming Climate
By Megan Metzger (William Smith Class of 2012)
Climate Change: What Does it Mean for Your Wine?
By Daniel Kolinski (Hobart Class of 2012)
Powdery Mildew and Downy Mildew on Your Grapes
By Amanda Schenk (William Smith Class of 2012)
Love Me or Hate Me: The Canada Goose and its Changing Migration Patterns
By Frank Valenti (Hobart Class of 2012)
The Future of Our Food: Climate Change and Food Poisoning
By Allison Andrews (William Smith Class of 2012)
Happy Feet's Penguins Silenced by Climate Change
By Joan Hilton (William Smith Class of 2012)
Help Us Find and Save Nemo! Is the Star of the Disney Film on the Verge of Extinction?
By Kyle Tritten (Hobart Class of 2012)
Grief on the Reef
By Tyler Hudson (Hobart Class of 2012)
Climate Change is Causing a Decline in Green Sea Turtle Populations
By Robert Dattilo (Hobart Class of 2012)
Not Your Typical Mosquito Bite
By Megan Zogby (William Smith Class of 2012)
For more information on Biological Responses to Climate Change, contact:
Elizabeth Newell, Professor of Biology