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Science in 3D

50th Annual Mid-Winter Conference

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Friday, February 5 • 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Antarctic Ecology and Evolution: Skepticism, Denialism and Science Education LIMITED

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Antarctica is the coldest, highest, driest, windiest continent on Earth. Because of the extreme physical constraints placed on Antarctic life, the organisms that live there have evolved an amazing array of adaptive responses to environmental stress. So I’ll talk about how my research informs Standard 5. But Antarctica also has some of the most rapidly changing landscapes on Earth, and is arguably the best place to study how ecosystems are responding to global climate change (Standard 3, objective 3). Yes, I’m lucky enough to work at the interface of evolution and climate change, two scientific enterprises that are sometimes viewed with suspicion by our students, and very frequently misunderstood by the public. Science Education to the rescue! With my research program as a backdrop, I will present some teaching modules that introduce students to the nature of science, the difference between skepticism and denialism, and descriptive versus normative science.

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Byron Adams

Professor, Brigham Young University
I'm interested in active learning modules for bioscience education; I'm passionate about my research programs in molecular evolution, ecosystem ecology, and evolutionary ecology. I love to share what I do with K-12 students.

Friday February 5, 2016 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Elm Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

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