B1510F07_L11_intro to ecology the physical env

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Biology 1510 Georgia Tech School of Biology Fall 2007 Module 2: Ecology The study of the interactions of organisms with their physical  and biological environment. – Everything is connected to everything else. Some examples questions that ecologists ask. Major themes. – Behavior – Life history strategies and population dynamics – Interactions between individuals and species, community structure. – Ecosystem dynamics, biogeochemistry
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Biology 1510 Georgia Tech School of Biology Fall 2007 the relationship between ecology  and evolution • Dobzhansky: “Nothing in biology makes sense,  except in the light of evolution.” • Begon et al.: “Very little in evolution makes  sense, except in the light of ecology – the ecological setting provides the context for  selection 
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Biology 1510 Georgia Tech School of Biology Fall 2007 the dawn of ecology • some understanding of ecology was intrinsic to  natural history oikos : Greek word for “house”;  logos : “study of” • John Graunt (1662) – formalized the study of  demography (human pop. growth rates), and  concluded that human pop.s were limited  • Thomas Malthus (1798) – essay on population  growth and its limiting factors (mainly, food) – recall the importance this paper held for Darwin
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Biology 1510 Georgia Tech School of Biology Fall 2007 Hawaiian honeycreepers biogeography
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Biology 1510 Georgia Tech School of Biology Fall 2007 European starling ( Sturnus vulgaris ) biogeography
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course BIO 1510 taught by Professor Unknown during the Fall '07 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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B1510F07_L11_intro to ecology the physical env - Georgia...

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