The University of Georgia has received a $447,000 NASA grant that will offer undergraduate students a year-long combination of classroom and field classes studying the effects of climate change birds.
NASA's three-year global change education teaching and research grant funds instruction activities that are scheduled to begin with fall 2010 classes.
The grant will fund courses that will teach students about global climate change models, research methods and designing field experiments.
Professor Michael Conroy said the effect of climate change on birds is sometimes overlooked when the subject is debated but, he said, if springs continue to get warmer, then it affects when the primary food source for birds which are insects emerge. If birds don't adjust to that change, he said, newly-hatched birds won't have enough food.