1Optimal Foraging TheoryOverview of Ecology: BiomesKey questions posted on LaulimaWhat is the difference between ecology and environmentalism?C. One is a science, the other is a philosophy and social movementA. Ecology involves organisms, environmentalism involves chemical pollutantsB. Ecology involves study of particular locations while environmentalism involves study at the level of the whole EarthOptimal foraging theoryPredicts that an animal will optimize energy intake / unit time, leading to maximal growth and reproduction.CarcinusBehavioral Ecology:Foraging experimentForaging experiment resultsoptimal forage theory predictionElner and Huges 1978Does theory match nature?Elner and Huges 1978
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