Plan II Honors

CAMILLE PARMESAN


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Interests


Global warming, climate change, insect ecology, butterfly biology

Biography


Parmesan's early research focused on multiple aspects of population biology, including the ecology, evolution and behaviors of insect-plant interactions. For the past several years, the focus of her work has been on current impacts of climate change in the 20th century on wildlife. Her work on butterfly range shifts has been highlighted in many scientific and popular press reports, such as in Science, Science News, New York Times, London Times, National Public Radio, and the recent BBC film series "State of the Planet" with David Attenborough. The intensification of global warming as an international issue led her into the interface of policy and science. Parmesan has given seminars in DC for the White House, government agencies, and NGOs (e.g., IUCN and WWF). As a lead author, she was involved in multiple aspects of the Third Assessment Report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, United Nations) and served as a reviewer for the fourth IPCC report.

Courses


T C 357 • Global Warming: Science/Impact

42890 • Fall 2011
Meets TW 500pm-630pm CRD 007A

Description:"Global warming" is phrase regularly heard in the media, but few people really know what it means.  Global warming stands out as one of the few issues where the strength of scientific consensus is neither understood nor accepted by a large portion of the general public and policy-makers.  During the course of this class, you will learn the science behind climate change, and documented impacts of climate change on biodiversity, on human health, and on society in general.  You will learn the realities of existing scientific debates, as well as policy debates, and how to distinguish the two.  

Texts/Readings:Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide To Writing Non-FictionTufte, Visual & Statistical Thinking: Displays of Evidence for Making DecisionsLovejoy & Hannah, Climate Change and Biological DiversitySummary for Policy Makers from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007

Assignments:

Writing assignment – scientific (4-10 pages single-spaced, two drafts) 50%  

Seminar presentation 40%

Class participation 10%

About the Professor:Parmesan's early research focused on multiple aspects of population biology, including the ecology, evolution and behaviors of insect/plant interactions. For the past several years, the focus of her work has been on current impacts of climate change in the 20th century on wildlife. Her work on butterfly range shifts has been highlighted in many scientific and popular press reports, such as in Science, Science News, New York Times, London Times, National Public Radio, and the recent BBC film series "State of the Planet" with David Attenborough.The intensification of global warming as an international issue led her into the interface of policy and science. Parmesan has given seminars in DC for the White House, government agencies, and NGOs (e.g., IUCN and WWF). As a lead author, she was involved in multiple aspects of the Third Assessment Report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, United Nations).

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