How can we use what we’ve covered this semester to make more sense of these granola bars? Here are some questions we can consider:
- What is ALA? A molecule? Ionic compound? Protein? Cell?
- How can we understand or classify vitamin E and zinc with the concepts we’ve covered?
- How does Bacillus coagulans make one of these bars probiotic?
- What are “ancient grains“? Can evolution offer some perspectives on what them?
Today, we’ll wrap up our discussion of ecosystem services and ecological restoration with a short segment of Harvard Business Review‘s interview of Mark Tercek. What is being restored and who is benefitting? What are the benefits?
Okay, so human activity has degraded the integrity of ecosystems and richness of biodiversity. What are we doing about that?
Now that we’ve taken a look at the basics of ecology, we’ll get an overview of the HIPPO threats to ecosystems and biodiversity, which EO Wilson describes in this TED Talk, at about 16 minutes and 24 seconds in.
How can we use the concepts we’ve discussed to understand the nature and origins of cooperation and altruism? How does cooperation in humans differ from the cooperation of chimpanzees in this TED Talk by Frans de Waal?
To consider the concept of selective pressure, we will…
- Listen to this NPR news story about color and discuss these questions: (a) what selective pressure(s) are mentioned in the news story? (b) what is the result of the pressures?
- Listen to the Weekend Edition news story “In Just 6 Generations, Butterflies Brighten Their Colors“, then consider (a) what selective pressures are being applied (b) by what or whom (c) resulting in what final outcome?
If you’re curious about the color-creating structures of butterfly wings mentioned in the NPR stories, give this Deep Look video a watch.