2013: How Will Life Respond to a Changing Climate


Earth’s climate has undergone rapid changes over geologic time, but the rate of human-induced global warming may surpass many of these earlier events. While some species are likely to adapt, others may be unable to change quickly enough to keep pace with their changing environment. This documentary explores developmental mechanisms that serve as the substrate for evolutionary adaptation and considers whether the rate of evolutionary change through these mechanisms can match the speed of climate change.

©2013 Michael Barresi, Smith College

Student authors: Emily Crowley, Julia Johnstone, Bokang Rabasha, Sarah Tucker, Marika Witkus