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Ancient Secrets in the Seaweed: Climate Change and Evolution

The learning resources presented in these web pages explore research into Bull Kelp populations in the Southern Hemisphere and the work Ceridwen Fraser has done into understanding past climate change events.

About the Learning Resources


These resources will take you on a journey with Ceridwen Fraser, a Post Doctoral Fellow from the Allan Wilson Centre whose work has made headlines around the world. Ceridwen spent several years investigating Bull Kelp populations in the Southern Hemisphere. While she set out to find out about how these populations are genetically connected, along the way she has contributed some significant information about understanding of past climate change events. This knowledge will contribute to predictions about the effect of future climate change. The work that Ceridwen has done uses understanding of processes and patterns of evolution along with biotechnological techniques to answer questions about the effect of climate cycles on Bull Kelp populations. 

Resource Links


What is Climate Change?

A page for teachers and senior students summarising the key concepts associated with climate change and evolution.



Understanding Global Warming: Case Study

Read this case study to learn about Bull Kelp populations in the Southern Hemisphere and how they can inform on past climate change events.



Discussion Questions

Resource questions designed to further discussion on the topic of climate change and evolution.


Question and Answer

Challenge Questions

Further questions on the subject of climate change and evolution designed to stimulate more in-depth conversation and learning.



Seminar Recording

An in-stream version of the seminar series the resources on these web pages originate from.



Seminar Paper

Download the seminar paper.



Links to Curriculum and Assessment of Learning

Information for teachers on how these resources link to current curriculum objectives.



Further Resources

Additional resources for teachers to further understand the resources presented in these web pages.