Climate Change and Evolution

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Ancient Secrets in the Seaweed: Climate Change and Evolution 

The Seminar Paper and Questions

  • Download the seminar paper here and read this in preparation for your in-school workshop prior to the seminar on July 30th.  
  • Download the seminar questions here.  Use the focus questions to help you as you read the paper. 

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The Challenge Questions

  • The CHALLENGE QUESTIONS are for discussion in your school workshop after the seminar. 
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Links to your school programme

This seminar links to NCEA Level 3 Achievement Standards:

  • AS 90716 Describe animal behaviour and plant responses in relation to environmental factors
  • AS 90717 Biology 3.5 Describe processes and patterns of evolution
  • AS 90718 Describe applications of biotechnological techniques

A list of objectives from your Year 13 programme that link into the seminar can be found on page 4 of the Questions and Disucssion Handout.

About the Presenters

Jacquie Bay   |  Ceridwen Fraser    |  Hamish Spencer

Elephant Seal in Bull Kelp Photo Ceridwen Fraser
Media Attention

Kelp genetics reveals Ice Age climate clues Reuters Feb11, 2009
Kelp Hold Clue to Ice Age Pheno, Allan Wilson Centre March 2009
Last Ice Age colder than we though Cosmos Feb 13, 2009
University of Otago biologists track the ocean journey of the giant seaweed and its passengers.Radio NZ National July 20, 2009

Useful Links and References to Online Papers

Ceridwen Fraser (2009) An Icier Age Australian Science Australasian Science June 2009
Fraser et al (2009) Kelp genes reveal effects of subantarctic sea ice during the Last Glacial Maximum PNAS vol.106 no.9 3249–3253
Myriad ways to reconstruct past climate 27 April 2001 Vol 292 SCIENCE