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Biology 121 Learning Outcomes Jan_2012

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BIOLOGY 121: FROM GENES TO ECOSYSTEMS LEARNING OUTCOMES ECOLOGY OUTCOMES Patterns of Biodiversity 1) Describe the effect of global climate patterns and other physical and biological factors on the distribution of species. 2) Analyze patterns of biodiversity given experimental data. 3) Explain the relationship between genetic, population, and species diversity. Population Ecology 1) Estimate the size of a population using different methods, including mark / recapture. 2) Compare populations with respect to characteristics that affect demographics such as age, sex and health etc. 3) List the four processes that ultimately control population size and explain how they can be used to estimate changes in population size from one year to the next. 4) Illustrate population growth using mathematical models, especially the logistic model and “boom and bust” cycles. 5) Determine the life history strategy of different organisms, with respect to fecundity and survivorship, given experimental data. Community Ecology 1) Describe how resources and conditions set niche space for organisms. 2) Explain the relationship between niche overlap and realized/fundamental niches of organisms. 3) Predict the outcome of niche overlap. 4) Analyze how biotic and abiotic factors affect population and community structure, and the importance of these factors in specific communities.
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