Lyceum Lecture Series (Lee Honors College)

Anthropogenic Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future

Effects of Climate Change on Species and Ecosystems


Interdisciplinary Humanities Group for the Study of Climate Change

Science of Climate Change (Dave Karowe)

Sociology of Climate Change (Ron Kramer)

Politics and Economics of Climate Change (Paul Clements)

The Gap, Climate Change, and the ACUPCC (Harold Glasser)

A Climate Action Plan for WMU (Paul Pancella)


Guest Lectures

Social Context of Climate Change (SOC 5900)

Effects of Climate Change on Africa (ENGL 3140)

Plant-Herbivore Interactions (BIOS 5970)



Lifelong Learning Academy: Global Climate Change

Week 1: Recent Climate Change

Animation: Global temperatures since 1884 (

Animation: North America 19,000 BC to 3,000 AD (kindly provided by Karl Rege)

Animation: Earth 19,000 BC to 3,000 AD (kindly provided by Karl Rege)

Week 2: Future Climate Change

Animation: Earth Today to 10,000 AD (kindly provided by Karl Rege)

Week 3: Effects on Plants and Animals

Week 4: Effects on Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystems (Dr. Charles Ide, Biological Sciences)

(Feel free to contact Dr. Ide at

Week 5: Effects on Human Health

Week 6: Skeptics' Arguments Against Climate Action (only the question slide is posted)

useful link:

Week 7: Biofuels (Dr. Steven Bertman, Chemistry)

Carbon Capture and Sequestration (Dr. David Barnes, Geosciences)

Week 8: Wind Power (Dr. John Patten, Manufacturing Engineering)

WMU alternate and renewable energy web page

Solar Power and Personal Behaviors

Required reading: Renewable Energy - Economically Sound, Politically Difficult

Suggested (not required) reading: Household behaviors to cut emissions

Supplemental information for Household behaviors paper

Suggested (not required) reading: The original "Wedges" paper (Pacala and Socolow)


Global Change Ecology (BIOS 5440)

Course goal:  To critically evaluate information about the causes and biological consequences of the major types of global change that Earth is experiencing as a result of human activities 

Overview of course topics


Recent temperature change by hemisphereIPCC vegetation change







Format:  Roundtable discussion guided by an extensive illustrated handout; each student leads two discussions during the semester on topics of his/her choice

Example of a discussion handout

Prerequisites: Ecology (BIOS 3010), Environmental Ecology (ENVS 2250), or permission of instructor


Organismal Biology (BIOS 1510)

Course Goal:  To provide an understanding of and appreciation for the tremendous range of biological diversity on Earth, how different life forms came to exist, how they interact with each other and with the physical environment, and the issues that threaten their future 


barn owl soaring

Format:  Lecture and laboratory

Prerequisites: Molecular and Cellular Biology (BIOS 1500), with a grade of "C" or better



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