In Class April 27th: threats to biodiversity

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.

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Class Prep for Feb. 1: Lionfish, chapter 1 of your textbook

2012_11-19_jennifers-iphone-156_wide-f8e08835c944014a35c4095b1d9b9f0b6689296f-s800-c85To prepare for class on Monday, listen to “Sixth-Grader’s Science Project Catches Ecologists’ Attention” from All Things Considered and determine the following:

  • What is the hypothesis? Is it falsifiable? How is it being tested?
  • What are the independent and dependent variables in the experiment?
  • What are or should be the controls?
  • What property or properties of life are involved?

Also, read┬áchapter 1 of the textbook you’ve chosen for the semester, and come in with any questions you have on that material.