BIOEE_2610_Study_Guide___Prelim_1 - BIOEE 2610: ECOLOGY AND...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
BIOEE 2610: ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT Prelim I will cover Lectures 1-15; associated textbook readings; section weeks 1-4 Study Questions for Lectures 1-12 (Questions for Lectures 13-15 will be provided on 9/29/08) Note: these do NOT cover EVERYTHING you are required to know - but rather are samples of the kinds of questions you might be asked (though the actual exam questions will tend to be more specific). 1. (a) What is a fairly complete definition of ecology? (b) What are the similarities and differences between ecology and environmentalism? 2. (a) What are the four “agents of evolutionary change”? (b) Which three are ecologically important? (c) What is meant by “the ecological theater and the evolutionary play”? (d) Describe 2 specific ways in which evolutionary history affects current ecological patterns or interactions. 3. Which evolutionary agent: (a) operates most strongly in small populations? (b) can prevent local adaptation? (c) over time, increases a population’s survivorship and/or reproduction in a particular environment? 4. Why do some species end up going extinct rather than adapting? 5. (a) Describe or graph the general patterns of precipitation and plant height across latitudes. (b) Diagram the vertical atmospheric circulation patterns that produce the associated climate patterns. (c) Why is air rising at the “intertropical convergence zone” (ICZ)? (d) Why is there so much rain in the IZC? (e) How and why does the position of the ICZ change throughout the year? 6. (a) How do mountains and wind direction affect climate and vegetation patterns on the windward and leeward sides of the mountain? (b) Name and describe the process of temperature changes that occurs as air moves up and down the mountainsides. 7. (a) What drives ocean currents? (b) There are two major gyres in the Pacific Ocean, one in the north and one in the south. Which directions do these gyres move in? Why are they different? 8. (a) What are the names, climate patterns, and plant characteristics of each of the 9 major terrestrial biomes? (b) What are the major anthropogenic influences on each?
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 12/11/2008 for the course BIOEE 2610 taught by Professor Meisner during the Fall '08 term at Cornell.

Page1 / 4

BIOEE_2610_Study_Guide___Prelim_1 - BIOEE 2610: ECOLOGY AND...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online