What is an organism, species, population, community, biome, ecosystem, and the realm of ecology?
What is an indicator species? What is a keystone species? Can you give examples?
What is the j-shape curve of human population growth? What does it mean regarding human-environment interaction?
What are the trophic levels? What kinds of organisms occupy each level? How are they related in terms of the 2nd law of energy relationships?
Be able to explain the inputs, outputs, and major storage or "sinks" in the nutrient cycles discussed in the text.
What are the four cultural revolutions in human cultural evolution? What are the attendant environmental impacts, population expansions, and changes in world view?
What are resources? There are a number of ways to categorize resources. Be prepared to do so.
What are the two energy laws?
What are the two laws of human-environment interaction? What is the outcome of human-environment Interaction at the ecosystem level? What degrees of change have we discussed?
What are the primary differences between MDC's and LDC's in terms of resource use?
What is a specialist? A generalist?
Be able to compare and contrast Earth Wisdom and Planetary Management worldviews.
What is a niche? Fundamental versus Realized?
What is NPP/ Biomass, and how are they connected to climate and biodiversity?
Be able to explain population dynamics and stability. Have example species in mind.
What are the major interspecies interactions? Have example organisms in mind.
What is a k-strategist? An r-strategist?
What are the 3 R's as far as human resource use?
What was the "tragedy of the commons"?
What is biodiversity? Genetic diversity, Species Diversity, Ecological diversity?
What factors influence human population growth, reduce Total Fertility Rates? Be prepared to compare/contrast LDC's and MDC's with respect to Total Fertility Rates? Why is the US always an exception with regard to Total Fertility Rates?
What are some economic and political systems? How do they impact the environment?
What are some solutions to these problems?
How do populations respond to environmental stress?
What is a non-point source of pollution? What does biodegradable mean?
Lecture emphasizes terrestrial ecosystems. Be prepared to address aquatic ecosystems as well.
What does sustainable mean?
What is the frontier worldview?
What are the primary "Earth Systems"?
What is a prokaryote? A Monera? A plant? An animal? How are they similar and different?
What is an autotroph? A heterotroph?
Describe photosynthesis/ the reverse primary metabolic process as a formula or verbally.
What are the major abiotic components of ecosystems?
What are growth factors? What are negative growth factors?
What does optimum range mean? What are tolerance limits? What are limiting
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