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on the distribution of species.
2) Analyze patterns of biodiversity given experimental data.
3) Explain the relationship between genetic, population, and species diversity.
B) Community Ecology
4) Describe how resources and conditions set niche space for organisms.
5) Explain the relationship between niche overlap and realized/fundamental niches of
6) Predict the outcome of niche overlap.
7) Analyze how biotic and abiotic factors affect community structure, and the importance
of these factors in specific communities.
8) Analyze changes in community structure that occur as a result of a disturbance (i.e.,
primary and secondary succession).
C) Population Ecology
9) Estimate the size of a population using different methods, including marked recapture.
10) Compare populations with respect to characteristics that affect demographics such as
age, sex and health etc.
11) 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.
12) Illustrate population growth using mathematical models, especially the logistic model
and “boom and bust” cycles.
13) Determine the life history strategy of different organisms, with respect to fecundity and
survivorship, given experimental data.
14) Explain how and why population growth normally varies with population density.
15) Explain why population growth slows as population size approaches carrying capacity.
D) Ecosystem Ecology
16) Given information about an ecosystem (e.g. a food web):
a) Identify the trophic level and energy source(s) of an organism.
b) Estimate the relative biomass of groups of organisms.
c) Predict the potential biotic interactions amongst organisms.
17) Predict the impact of change on ecosystems including the effect of human activities
(using examples such as global carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles). GENETICS OUTCOMES
Students should be able to describe how Mendel’s principles of segregation and
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