BIO 208

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  1. Empirical
    Scientific method of gaining knowledge through observation or experience, rather than by theory, logic or faith.
  2. Measurable evidence
    Can be measured
  3. Scientific method
    • 1. Define the question
    • 2. Gather info and observe
    • 3. Propose a hypothesis to explain
    • 4. Test the hypothesis reproducibly and rigorously
    • 5. Analyze and interpret results
    • 6. Publish and retest
    • Science is based on empirical evidence, can be reproduced by others, and strives to minimize personal bias
  4. Ecology
    • The scientific study of the distribution and abundance of organisms, and the interactions that determine distribution and abundance
    • Patterns and processes of nature
  5. Hadley Cell
    Equator to 30 degrees, wind moves toward equator
  6. Ferrel Cell
    30 to 60 degrees, wind moves from 30 to 60
  7. Polar Cell
    60 degrees to poles.  Wind moves from pole to 60 degrees. 
  8. Coriolis Effect
    A phenomenon caused by the rotation of the earth, which produces a deflection of winds and water currents to the right of their direction of travel in the Northern Hemisphere and to the left of their direction of travel in the Southern Hemisphere
  9. Tundra
    • A northern biome dominated by mosses, lichens, and dwarf willows, receiving low to moderate precipitation and having a very short growing season.
    • Cold and dry, short summers, low precipitation but also low evaporation, ground frozen much of year, dominated by low perennials
  10. Temperate forest
    • Deciduous or coniferous forests generally found between 40 and 50o  of latitude, where annual precipitation averages anywhere from about 650 mm to over 3,000 mm; this biome recieves more winter precipitation than temperate grasslands.
    • Moderate temps, lots of moisture, variable soil but usually fertile, vertically stratified; huge trees and undergrowth
  11. Temperate grassland
    • Grasslands growing in the middle latitudes that receive between 300 and 1,000 mm of annual precipitation, with maximum precipitation usually falling during the summer months.
    • Moderate temps, moderate preciptation mostly in summer, variable soil but generally fertile, dominated by herbabeous plants due to fire, drought and grazing
  12. Boreal forest
    • Northern forests that occupy the area south of arctic tundra.  Though dominated by coniferous trees they also contain aspen and birch.  Also called taiga
    • Short summers, low precipitation but also low evaporation, poor qualtiy acidic soils, dominated by coniferous evergreens
  13. Mediterranean wood- or shrub-land
    • A biome associated with mild, moist winter conditions and usually with dry summers.  Vegetation is characterized by small, tough (sclerophyllous) leaves and adaptations to fire.  This biome is found around the Mediterranean Sea and in western North America, Chile, southern Australia, and southern Africa. Also known as chaparral, garrigue, maquis, and fynbos.
    • Hot and dry summers; cool and moist otherwise, frequent fires in summer, poor soil, drought adapted species are common
  14. Desert
    • An arid biome occupying approximately 20% of the land surface of the earth in which water loss due to evaporation and transpiration by plants exceeds presipitation during most of the year.
    • Low precipitation, extremes of temp both hot and cold, short growing season, variable soil locally fertile, drought tolerance necessary
  15. Tropical savanna
    • A tropical grassland dotted with scattered trees; characterized by pronounced wet and dry seasons and periodic fires.
    • Consistently warm, alternating dry and wet seasons, short growing season, migratory animals that move with the seasons, drought tolerance
  16. Tropical dry forest
    • A broadleaf diciduous forest growing in tropical regions having pronounced wet and dry seasons; trees drop their leaves during the dry season
    • Consistently warm, alternating dry and wet seasons, short growing season, migratory animal that move with the seasons, drought tolerance
  17. Tropical rain forest
    • A broadleaf everygreen forest growing in tropical regions where conditions are warm and wet year-round
    • Warm and wet all year, huge rainfall, poor soils because constant growth, diverse and vertcally stratified
  18. Continentality
    How close to water: water influenced sites have more moderate, constant climates
  19. Altitude
    Adiabatic cooling: each 100 m of altitude = 0.65oC cooler.  Also: each 100 m of altitiude = ~150 km further poleward
  20. Rain shadow
    • How mountains affect rainfall.
    • Windward side has high precipitation, leeward side has low precipitation
  21. Regional variation
    Combination of continentlity, altitude and rain shadow
  22. Macroclimate
    Refers to longterm, large spatial space environmental trends: short-term variation in conditions = weather, long-term consistent pattern in that variation = climate
  23. Microclimate
    Is climatic variation on a much smaller scale - as large as a few km, or as small as a few cm.
  24. Aspect
    • An aspect of altitude: the direction a slope faces. (ie. flat ground has no aspect)
    • This affects light, temperature, and exposure
    • More slope=more effects of aspect
  25. Subnivean
    Temps are much milder under snow
  26. Albedo
    • The ground color or reflectivity of the landscape
    • high reflectivity = high albedo = cooler
    • low reflectivity = low albedo = warmer
  27. Euphotic zone
    the upper parts of aquatic environments that recieve enough light to support photosynthesis
  28. Compensation depth
    Where algal photosynthesis = algal respiration
  29. Aphotic zone
    No light
  30. Diel
    Daily patterns of distribution/abundance of animals
  31. Predator avoidance
    Variating cycle to not in the in same area as predator as much as possible (areas in a pond that predators tend to be in)
  32. Shade intolerant
    Higher compensation point; higher saturation
  33. Shade tolerant
    Lower compensation point; lower saturation
  34. Temperature regulation

    Htotal = Hm + Hcd + Hdv + Hr - He
    • Hm = heat gained through metabolism
    • Hcd = conduction
    • Hcv = convection
    • Hr = radiation
    • He = evaporation
  35. Poilkilotherms
    Have body temperatures that vary with changes in the external environment
  36. Homeotherms
    Have body temperatures that remain relatively constant regardless of the external temperature
  37. Ectotherms
    Can control their body temperature using external energy source (mostly rely on Hcd, Hcv, and Hr) Preetty much all external heat sources and have adaptations to help thermoregulate such as the ability to change color, huddle, or build special nests
  38. Endotherms
    Can control their body temperatures using internal energy sources; (mostly rely on Hm).  They have adaptations such as bludder, fur, and behavioural adaptations.
  39. Thermal Neutral zone
    Where endotherms perform best.  The ideal temp. Metabolism doesn't have to work too terribly hard.
  40. Avoidance
    One tactic to deal with temp extremes.  Can be short term (nocturnal), long term (migration), or death (leaving offspring, seed)
  41. Tolerance
    Another tactic to deal with extreme temperatures.  Can be short term (find shelter), physiological adaptations (isulation or perspiration), acclimation (become accustomed), or inactivity (torpor, hibernation, or estivation)
  42. Development plasticity
    Changing body types in development for certain conditions
  43. Isosmotic (Isotonic)
    • same water concentration as the surrounding environment
    • Worganism = Wenvironment
  44. Hyperosmotic (hypertonic)
    • Lower water concentration than the surrounding environment
    • Worganism < Wenvironment
  45. Hyposmotic (hypotonic)
    • higher water concentration than the surrounding environment
    • Worganism > Wenvironment
  46. Liebig's Law of the minimum
    The success of an organism (or population) will be limited by the condition or resource that most closely approaches the critical minimum needed by the organism
  47. Limiting factor
    The cidition or resource that limits the success of an organism or population
  48. Optimal allocation of energy
    Organisms will give the put the most energy into where it will give the most benefit relative to the cost
  49. Conditions
    Abiotic environmental factors that vary in space and time, and to which organisms are differentially responsive.  They may be modified by organisms but are not consumed (shade, temperature, depth, humidity, salinity)
  50. Resources
    Abiotic or biotic factors that can be reduced (consumed) by the activites of organisms.  Their availability in the environment may affect growth/survival (food, nutrients, light, space)
  51. Optimal foraging
    The attempt to forage in a way that maximizes energy intake
  52. Vp=VG+VE
    • VP = Phenotypic variation
    • VE = Enviromental variation
    • VG = Genetic variation
  53. Ecotypes
    Phenotypically and genotypically different populations within the same species, found in different environments
  54. Clinal (cline)
    Variation in phenotype
  55. Phenotypic plasticity
    Non genetic modification of the organism's phenotype under different environments -> can involve regulatory, acclimatory and developmental responses
  56. Genotypic (evolutionary response) Adaptation
    • An evolutionare (genetic) process by which organisms become, over many generations, better able to survive and reproduce under prevailing environmental conditions (VG>0)
    • A heritiable attribute of an organism that enhances its survival/reproduction under prevailing environmental conditions (adaptive trait) -> a product of the process of adaptation
  57. Natural selection
    • Reproductive potential of all species is great
    • Populations remain within certain limits
    • Individuals varyphenotypically within populations
    • Variation + environment = differences in fitness
    • Some traits are inherited
    • Genetic composition changes over time
  58. Evolution
    • Change in gene frequency over time
    • -Natural selection can only act on phenotypes
    • -Natural selection is the mechanism, while evolution, and the establishment of adaptive traits, it the outcome
  59. Stenotopic
    Narrow tolerance range (specialist)
  60. Eurytopic
    Broad tolerance range (generalist)
  61. Speciation
    Groups of actually or potentially interbreeding populations, which are reproductively isolated from other such groups.
  62. Allopatric or geographical  speciation
    Physical speciated caused by population being spatially subdivided; genetic drift or changes in the respective habitats result in species divergence
  63. Parapatric speciation
    Habitat expansion when population expands into a new habitat type within its range; genetic drift or unique selective pressures of each habitat result in species divergence
  64. Sympatric speciation
    Speciation where populations remain in their existing habitat; disruptive selection occurs, leading to species diverence.
  65. Behavioural ecology
    The study of behaviour in an ecological and evolutionary context (innate and learned behaviour, space use, foraging ecology, communication, social systems and mating systems)
  66. Behaviour
    The way in which an organism acts in response to a particular situation or stimulus
  67. Fitness
    The number of offspring contributed by an individual relative to the number of offspring produced by other members of the population
  68. Inclusive fitness
    Overal fitness, which is determined by the survival and reproduction of an individual, plus the survival and reproduction of genetic relatives of teh individual
  69. Organismal traits
    Responses to the environment that are subject to genetic and/or environmental influences.  The ultimate causes are survival, reproductive success -> fitness
  70. 2 Themes in Behavioural Ecology
    • 1. Natural selection maximized gene survival, and individuals should behave in ways that maximize inclusive fitness
    • 2. The optimal behaviour needed to maximize inclusive fitness will depend on both the environment and the behaviour of other individuals.
  71. Sociality
    Living as a group.

    • Benefits: group defense, predator warning, dilution effect, group rearing of young, ability to kill larger prey, find patchy food.
    • Costs: more sharing of resources, more intraspecific competition, lower access to breeding opportunities, greater conspicuousness = greater predation risk
  72. Vigilance
    Time spent looking for predators
  73. Anisogamy
    The asymmetry in sexually reproducting organisms (higher cost for females then males)
  74. 3 components of relationship between male and female breeding
    • 1. The number of mates a male/female has
    • 2. Whether the male and female form a pair bond
    • 3. The duration of the pair bond.
  75. Operational sex ratio
    how many are actually currently able to reproduce
  76. Monogamy
    1 male with 1 female, social monogamy much more common (generally involves low sexual dimorphism)
  77. Promiscuity
    Anything goes, a member of one sex mates with ay member of the opposite sex (males larger or sexes similar in size; occurs where the environment is so variable that choosing a mate is impractical)
  78. Polygynandry
    Polygamy - sme 2+ males with same 2+ females (Strong group bond; usually low dimorphism)
  79. Polyandry
    Polygamy - 1 female with 2+ males (relative sizes variable, but female often larger)
  80. Polygyny
    Polygamy - 1 male with 2+ females (most common in vertebrates) (usually males larger & stronger; females choosy)
  81. Sexual selection
    Selection of traits that are solely concerned with mating success
  82. Territoriality
    To be defendable, a territory must yeild benefits that are greater than if the space were used non-territorially (intermediate resource densities are most likely to be defended)
  83. Summary of Behaviour
    Behaviour is subject to natural selection and evolution, behaviour that maximes the organisms inclusive fitness is favoured, includes cost versus benefit.
  84. Strategy
    a series of coordinated "actions" taken to achieve a "goal"
  85. Tactics
    Individual "actions" that make up the strategy
  86. Life history
    The strategy or coordinated set of traits, to succeed in the "evolutionary game of life" (ie. maximizing fitness).  To what extent are resources devoted to reproduction? To growth? To survival?
  87. Semelparity
    only reproduce once
  88. Iteroparity
    Reproduce many times
  89. Fecundity
    Ability to reproduce. Clutch size
  90. r & K selection
    • Named after parameters in the pop. growth equation
    • r= growth rate
    • K= carry capacity
  91. Ecological niche
    The entire set of factors under which an organism is successful and the entire set of responses by which an organism is successful.
  92. Fundamental niche
    The physical and biological conditions under which a species can live, not including interactions with other species
  93. Realized niche
    The complete set of conditions under which a species can live, including interactions with othre species
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BIO 208
2012-10-02 02:49:47

Before first midterm
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