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Discovering the unknown through basic science by mobilizing historic and modern biological data to understand how organisms and ecological systems have and will adapt to global change.

Global Change Biology at Berkeley spans multiple departments and colleges, with over 150 affiliated faculty, researchers, and students.

Specimens like this honey bee collected in 1965 and curated in the Essig Museum collection can help researchers understand how plant and animal populations have changed over the past 100 years.

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Global Change Biology at Berkeley spans multiple departments and colleges, with over 150 affiliated faculty, researchers, and students.

UC Berkeley scientists drilled into ancient sediments at the bottom of Northern California’s Clear Lake for clues that could help them better predict how today’s plants and animals will adapt to climate change and increasing population. 

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Global Change Biology at Berkeley spans multiple departments and colleges, with over 150 affiliated faculty, researchers, and students.

UC Berkeley has an extensive collection of ~12,000 samples from over 3,000 sites across California from the early 20th century. The samples hold the potential for rich comparisions. 

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Global Change Biology at Berkeley spans multiple departments and colleges, with over 150 affiliated faculty, researchers, and students.

The California Vegetation Type Map (VTM) collection which was created in the 1920s-1930s, is a key dataset for the 
Ecoinformatics Engine.

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Global Change Biology at Berkeley spans multiple departments and colleges, with over 150 affiliated faculty, researchers, and students.

Novel technologies enable better predictions regarding response to future climatic change.  They allow for detection of genotypic, phenotypic and ecological responses to recent (past 100 years) and ongoing environmental change.