Intro to ecology_April 20

Intro to ecology_April 20 - What is the difference between...

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1 Optimal Foraging Theory Overview of Ecology: Biomes Key questions posted on Laulima What is the difference between ecology and environmentalism? C. One is a science, the other is a philosophy and social movement A. Ecology involves organisms, environmentalism involves chemical pollutants B. Ecology involves study of particular locations while environmentalism involves study at the level of the whole Earth Optimal foraging theory Predicts that an animal will optimize energy intake / unit time, leading to maximal growth and reproduction . Carcinus Behavioral Ecology: Foraging experiment Foraging experiment results optimal forage theory prediction Elner and Huges 1978 Does theory match nature? Elner and Huges 1978
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2 Questions addressed by optimal Questions addressed by optimal foraging theory foraging theory When will an animal change its diet? How far will an animal travel to get to a better food source? When will an animal hunt in groups? Maximize
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2010 for the course BIO 320 taught by Professor Wu during the Spring '10 term at USC.

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