Ecobiology 1 (Ecology)
2. What is CEDO, and what are their strategies for promoting conservation of the Upper Gulf?
3. Summarize what caused the Totoaba to become endangered
4. Describe the threats to the Vaquita population, as well as what conservation strategies are underway to protect them
5. Describe how the needs of local fishermen are being balanced with the need to protect the Vaquita
Learn more by visiting CEDO's website
2. Describe each of the benefits to humanity that come with conserving biodiversity
3. How are threatened species evaluated? What factors may make a species more prone to extinction, and why?
4. Why are amphibians one of the most imperiled groups of vertebrates? What conservation measures are underway to protect them?
This year's top ten newly-discovered species (as well as an archive of past years)
Animals that almost no one has ever seen
New species of giant salamander found in Florida
Interesting article about the humongous fungus
What Earth might look like in 100 years- if we're lucky
Copper mines vs conservation
16,000 scientists send dire climate warning
Where we are on climate change in 7 charts- and what you can do to help
Half of all land must be protected in order to save the planet's species
2. Describe each of the four threats to biodiversity, and give an example of each
3. What caused the hole in the ozone layer, and what were the consequences? How did we react?
4. What is global warming? What's causing it, and what are the consequences?
5. Why does human society depend on a healthy and diverse biosphere? Also, describe the different types of ecosystem services
Excellent PBS video on the importance of biodiversity
Good article and video on the Great Auk, Passenger Pigeon, and other over hunted species
Under poaching pressure, elephants are evolving to lose their tusks
The technology that will finally stop poachers
Database of invasive/ introduced species in the US
Global database of invasive/ introduced species
Good CBS video and article on the threat of invasive species
Top ten worst invasive species
Just five countries control most of the world's remaining wilderness
The ozone hole is healing, but it's not all good news
How Amazon forest loss can affect water and climate far away
Showing gratitude for the scavengers and pollinators that keep our planet healthy
2. What essential role does fire play in fire-dependent ecosystems? Also, describe how succession occurred following the Mt. St. Helens eruption
3. Research 'whale falls', and explain what they are, how each of the three stages of succession at whale falls work in detail, and what their connection to hydrothermal vent ecosystems is. Cite your source (2 PTS)
2. How do limiting nutrients affect an ecosystem's productivity? Why are nitrogen and phosphorus limiting nutrients?
3. What is eutrophication? How does it happen, and what are the consequences?
4. Describe how each limiting factor controls population size
This spider uses 'corpse cosplay' as a Batesian mimicry tactic
Species with the spookiest names and how they earned them
Massive termite populations built a structure the size of Great Britain
2. Describe the three ways that organisms lose water, and give an example of a specific adaptation for each
3. How is the color black an adaptation to desert environments?
4. Research two of the following species and describe a specific physical and behavioral adaptation to the desert environment for each. Cite your sources (2 PTS.):
-Western Banded Gecko
2. Describe the evidence Darwin used to support his theory of evolution
3. Summarize Darwin's theory of evolution in your own words
4. Describe how each of the three isolating mechanisms lead to the formation of a new species
5. Which types of isolating mechanisms were important in the speciation of Galapagos finches, and how? How did natural selection play a role in shaping finch evolution?
DNA testing reveals baffling bird species is really three species in one
Bizarre microbes represent a new branch on the evolutionary tree
2. How do ecological equivalents relate to convergent evolution, and how does coevolution influence an organism's niche?
3. Describe each of the three triggers of adaptive radiation
4. Research and summarize one of the 6 mass extinctions in Earth's history. What caused it, and when did it happen? What were the consequences for life on Earth? What happened to the adaptive radiation of life afterwards? Cite your source (2 PTS.)
Scientists find fossils from the last day of the Cretaceous Period
Another article about this incredible find
Interesting article about how limpets in intertidal zones are a keystone species
Dinosaurs may have survived extinction if the asteroid had hit anywhere else
Interesting article about 'firehawks' in Australia that actively spread forest fires by carrying burning sticks
2. In your own words, define the terms 'niche' and 'competitive exclusion principle', and explain why the competitive exclusion principle is important in an ecosystem
3. Describe each of the three types of symbiosis, and provide an example of each that's not from the handouts. Cite your source (2 PTS.)
Good simple description of the niche
Excellent video on the different community interactions (predator/ prey relationships, competition)
Another one that's specific to the types of symbiosis
The world's most valuable parasite is in trouble
How parasites create zombies
How mussels fool fish into carrying their parasitic babies
Infected zombie spiders forced to build incubation chambers for their parasitic overlords
2. What proportion of energy in a trophic level can be transferred to the next? How does this affect the number of organisms that can be supported at each higher level? Where does the rest of the energy go?
3. Describe how each of the following influences the food web: herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, detritivores, and decomposers (2 PTS.)
optional extra credit-
(4.). Pick a biome and create a diagram to illustrate its food web, labeling each trophic level and identifying particular species
Great white sharks are terrified of orcas- the real apex predators
2. What caused people to become concerned about the environment? Also, list and describe the two different views on conservation of the environment that emerged at this time
3. What is the biosphere? Describe how energy flows through the biosphere