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Climate Change on Mountain Ecosystems
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Presented by Bernat Claramunt López, Ph.D., CREAF Researcher and Professor of Ecology, Autonomous University of Barcelona; and Cindy McGlynn, National Trainer, JASON Learning
Hosted by Haley Nelson, JASON Learning Live Events Host
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In this edWebinar, learn about the mountain ecosystems and the main impacts that global change has on them. The presenters analyze the challenges for research and the opportunities that this research offers, not only for the mountain communities (human and natural), but for the inhabitants of the lowlands as well. The objective of this edWebinar is to define the state of the art in mountain research and outline the most important research challenges and how they can be addressed. Viewers will see mountains as complex socio-ecological systems that need to be preserved, not only for their natural value but also for their cultural heritage.
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through high school teachers and school leaders. Teachers may view the recorded presentation with their class, but only educators are permitted to log in.
About the Presenter
Dr. Bernat Claramunt López studies the natural communities at high elevation environments, its resistance to the entry of invasive species, and the effects of global change on these communities. Additionally, he leads a capture-mark-recapture project on the alpine marmot population in the Pyrenees to understand the success of its establishment, the effects on the host community, and to assess the differences with the native population. Dr. Claramunt López also leads various citizen science projects and participates in the development of tools for citizen science. He has been part of the Scientific Committee of the Pyrenean Observatory of Climate Change (OPCC, Biodiversity Action) since 2014, and of the European Mountain Research Advocacy Network of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) since 2016. He is currently part of the Advisory Board of the Pyrenean Observatory of Climate Change (OPCC), is the CREAF representative in Euromontana, and the coordinator of the Network for European Mountain Research (NEMOR).
Cindy McGlynn has been teaching since 1987 and has been training for JASON since 1998. Recently retired from being a full-time classroom educator, inquiry fieldwork dominated her high school science classes at Goshen High School in New York, both in the local environment and abroad with students. Some of her amazing field study programs have taken Cindy and her students to places like the rainforest in Peru and Panama, Iceland and Yellowstone, and Alaska and Hawaii to study earth’s geothermal systems. She started using JASON with her students in 1997 as a Teacher Argonaut on an expedition with Bob Ballard to Yellowstone National Park and has collaborated with JASON Learning to develop science lessons. Cindy trains teachers in Peru, Panama, and throughout the United States, and continues to lead field programs in New York for BOCES. In addition to being a National Board-Certified Teacher, she received the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award and the New York State Outdoor Educator Award during her teaching career.
About the Host
Haley Chamberlain Nelson is a science host on television and online. Her most recent credits include Smithsonian Channel’s hit series Bug Bites, 4 years hosting JASON Live Events, and 6 Seasons of Science Channel’s What on Earth? Haley has been a writer, producer, and host with Untamed Science for over 10 years, making science content viewed by over half the classrooms in the US and over 100,000 views per month online. Nelson co-wrote the award-winning documentary Decoding the Driftless, currently gaining acclaim on the festival circuit with last month’s “Best Picture” and “Best Cinematography” in the Los Angeles International Film Festival. Having grown up wishing to be an Argonaut herself, it is an honor to continue hosting with JASON Learning.
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