In this video, the mountain pine beetle problem is explained by two scientist. Their research investigates the beetle and how climate change is impacting its spread.
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A good selection of graphics and images are used.
Very clear and concise explanation of the life cycle of mountain pine beetles.
Drs. Raffa and Blomquist study the mountain pine beetle and how climate change is impacting its spread. Their research focuses on mountain pine beetles' pheromones -- which attract other beetles to the infested trees thereby overwhelming and killing the trees -- in order to prevent further outbreaks of these beetles.
Comments from expert scientist: Excellent explanation of some of the mountain pine beetle (MPB) ecology, including a good primer on pheremones and mass attack. Good illustrations, and the people interviewed truly are experts in the field. Makes mechanistic links between MPB and climate change.
Use as part of an ecosystem or climate science unit or lesson.
Extension suggestions: research how the mountain pine beetle infestation has affected ecosystems (bear habitats) and changed laws. 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.