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Phenological Responses to Environmental Change (Lecture)
PDF of a powerpoint presentation created by Alisa Hove, Brian Haggerty, and Susan Mazer at UC Santa Barbara on biological significance of phenological schedules, phenological responses to environmental change, phenological mismatches induced by climate change, with examples and potential outcomes. 
 
Coordinated Phenology Research Networks (Lecture Notes)

This lecture presents a broad introduction to ongoing coordinated phenological research. This lecture assumes that students are familiar with the term phenology and have at least a basic understanding of global climate change. Created by Alisa Hove, Susan Mazer, and Brian Haggerty at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Coordinated Phenology Research Networks (Lecture)

This lecture presents a broad introduction to ongoing coordinated phenological research. This lecture assumes that students are familiar with the term phenology and have at least a basic understanding of global climate change. Created by Alisa Hove, Susan Mazer, and Brian Haggerty at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Introduction to Phenology (Lecture Notes)

Lecture notes for the Introduction to Phenology powerpoint presentation created by Alisa Hove, Brian Haggerty, and Susan Mazer at UC Santa Barbara.

Introduction to Phenology (Lecture)

PDF of a powerpoint presentation created by Alisa Hove, Brian Haggerty, and Susan Mazer at UC Santa Barbara. Gives an introduction to phenology and looks at the evidence supporting climate change.

Herbarium Activity: Skeletons in the Closet - Data set

Data set for herbarium-based phenology data activity, derived from herbarium specimens collected in California from 1906 to 2009.  Created by Susan Mazer, Alisa Hove, and Brian Haggerty at the University of California, Santa Barbara as part of the Phenological Literacy: Understanding Through Science and Stewardship Program (PLUSS). 

Herbarium Activity: Skeletons in the Closet - Step-by-step Guide

Using a data set derived from herbarium specimens collected in California from 1906-2009, you’ll be guided step-by-step through the processes of organizing, summarizing, visualizing, and analyzing the data using Microsoft Excel. An introduction in the guide provides background on herbaria, the motivations behind the research project, and the structure of the data set. Discussion questions and suggestions for continued learning are included for each section.  Created by Susan Mazer, Alisa Hove, and Brian Haggerty at the University of California, Santa Barbara as part of the Phenological Literacy: Understanding Through Science and Stewardship Program (PLUSS). 

Primer on Herbarium-based Phenological Research

This guide provides an overview on herbaria, how they’re used to study phenology and climate change, and prepares readers to initiate their own herbarium-based phenological research.  Created by Susan Mazer, Alisa Hove, and Brian Haggerty at the University of California, Santa Barbara as part of the Phenological Literacy: Understanding Through Science and Stewardship Program (PLUSS). 

Phenology Scavenger Hunt Activity

Participants search phenology gardens or outdoor habitats for seasonally-available plant structures (plant phenophases monitored by the USA National Phenology Network). Once found, participants photograph, illustrate, describe, or collect and curate the plant phenophases.  Created by Susan Mazer, Alisa Hove, and Brian Haggerty at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as part of the Phenological Literacy: Understanding Through Science and Stewardship Program (PLUSS).

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Phenology Gardens - Lesson Plan II

These two lesson plans are designed to teach students everything they’ll need to know to observe plant phenology and record data for the USA National Phenology Network. Written for phenology gardens, these activities can be conducted in any outdoor setting.  Created by Susan Mazer, Alisa Hove, and Brian Haggerty at the University of California, Santa Barbara as part of the Phenological Literacy: Understanding Through Science and Stewardship Program (PLUSS).

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