Lecture1WEF - Biology 301 Ecology & Evolution Dr....

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Biology 301 Dr. William (Trey) Franklin Coker Life Sciences 108 franklin@sc.edu (803) 777 – 3379 Office Hours: TBA and By Appointment
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ECOLOGY Ernst Haeckel 1870 Oikos – House Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny
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Ecology Science of the current distribution, abundance, and diversity of species
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Evolution Science of the origins of biological diversity and its distribution Descent with modification Historical in nature
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WHY? All ecological processes occur in the context of evolutionary history e.g., Acacia-Ant mutualism All evolutionary processes occur in an ecological context e.g. Biston betularia
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Ant-Acacia Mutualism
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Biston betularia
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Ecology and Evolution are both Sciences What is science? What does it rely upon? How do we conduct science?
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What is science? from the Latin scientia , meaning "knowledge") refers to any systematic knowledge-base or prescriptive practice that is capable of resulting in a prediction or predictable type of outcome.
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