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Amphibious Assault: How Climate Change May Affect Amphibian Breeding

This article is from Issue Climate Change Investi-gator (Pacific Northwest Research Station) - Vol. 1 No. 2.

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Climate change can change the breeding patterns of some animals. Breeding patterns refer to when and how animals reproduce, including how many young an animal has and how often. If breeding patterns change, an entire population may change or become extinct. The question the scientists in this study wanted to answer was how certain amphibian populations and their breeding patterns may be responding to climate change.

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"Science Topics" covered in this article:
  • Earth Science
  • Life Science
  • People and Science

"Environmental Topics" covered in this article:
  • Fish and Aquatic Species (Educators)
  • Fish and Other Aquatic Species (Students)

Regions covered in this article:
  • Northern
  • Pacific Northwest

Specific "Thinking About Science" Themes:
  • The Scientific Process
  • Uses and Benefits of Science

Specific "Thinking About the Environment" Themes:
  • Climate Change
  • Cycles

Forest Service Stations covered in this article:
  • Pacific Northwest Research Station

NSE Standards covered in this article:
  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (A)
  • Diversity and adaptations of organisms (C)
  • Natural hazards (F)
  • Nature of science (G)
  • Populations and ecosystems (C)
  • Regulation and behavior (C)
  • Risks and benefits (F)
  • Science and technology in society (F)
  • Science as a human endeavor (G)
  • Structure and function in living systems (C)
  • Structure of the earth system (D)
  • Understandings about science and technology (E)
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry (A)