Bark Beetle Outbreaks

In this video, the mountain pine beetle problem is explained by two scientists. Their research investigates the beetle and how climate change is hastening its spread.

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National Science Foundation
NBC Learn
Science 360 Network

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Use as part of an unit or lesson on ecosystems and climate science.

Extension suggestions: research how the mountain pine beetle infestation has affected ecosystems (such as bear habitats, for example) and changed management practices. How big is the area affected? What effect does a changing climate have on the beetle infestation?

Have students sketch out how mountain pine beetle infestation affects different spheres.