General Ecology, ECOL 3500, University of Georgia

Lecture: Review -- integrating ideas and data globally

Updated: 18 February, 2009


Topics

  • Video -- A Vision of Students Today, Kansas State University

  • Emerging technologies
    • Diagnostic testing
    • Genomics: personal genome, risk assessment
    • Internet: reporting, diagnosis, teaching, mapping, ...
    • Database integration and mining
      Caveat: Ethics of big sister versus big brother; health insurance, employment, ...
    • Medical automation
    • Communication; team work; rapid detection -> rapid response
    • Information: vast quantities; up-to-date; rapid access; free to world; questionable quality;
      FILTER DATA AND IDEAS -- THINK BEFORE USING!!!

  • Test 6

  • 5 Minutes University

  • So what will you remember?
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    • Rate versus standing crop
    • Cause versus effect -- Is it a scientific experiment or a correlation?
    • How to design an experiment to test a hypothesis?
      • Control + experimental treatment(s)
      • Randomize
      • Replicate
      • Test results statistically
    • Question assumptions -- What are the hidden ones?
    • Reproductive success -- measured in the number of surviving offspring in future generationS
    • Units of selection
      • The Selfish Gene
      • Group selection fallacy
      • Kin selection
    • Evolution -- changes in gene frequencies (Hardy-Weinberg Principle)
    • Limits to growth -- exponential versus logistic growth -- birth versus death rates
    • Reality is more complex than models -- add complexity -- age structure, ... -- still very, very difficult to predict the future
    • Climate change -- or not? Science versus politics, economics, ...

  • Overcoming the Tragedy of the Commons -- the challenge to your and future generations

  • Instructor evaluations

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