Canadian biology scientists

Thomas J. Hudson, MD (born June 12, 1961) is a genome biologist who has spearheaded physical mapping of haplotypes in human and mouse genomes.  His efforts have been recognized in creation of the HapMap Project and the Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, which are based at McGill University in Montreal.

General Ecology

What is Ecology? -a science dealing with organisms in their environment. -the study of Interactions (ie. predation, competition, parasitism, mutualism,etc) between organisms and their environment(biotic or abiotic) Why Study Ecology? -major way of understanding our world -to determine the impact we are having on our planet Ecological Levels of Organization Organism/Individual->Population->Community->Ecosystem Emergent Properties properties that emerge at one level and …

Environment and Culture

IPAT model Impact=Population X Affluence X Technology demography applying principles of ecology to study of statistical change in human population demographic transition model to explain declining birth and death rates during industrialization pre-industrial stage 1st stage of demographic transition; birth/death rates high transitional stage 2nd stage of demographic transition; declining death rates, high birth rates industrial stage 3rd stage of …

First Term Exam

Interdisciplinary one that employs concepts and techniques from numerous disciplines and brings research results from these disciplines together into a broad synthesis Sustainability Development Use of resource to satisfy current needs without compromising future availability Natural Selection traits that enhance survival and reproduction continue in population Adaptation a trait that promotes reproductive sucess Mutations An error in the DNA that …

Chapter 4 Vocabulary

Ecology the study of how organisms interact with each other and with their environment. Species a group of individuals that interbreed and produce fertile offsprings population Members of a species that live in the same area at the same time make up Community All of the populations in a particular are make up.   Ecosystem Includes all Biosphere The regions …

Ecology Exam 1

Oikos Greek root meaning home/place to live. Ernst Haeckel Coined the term Ecology – interaction between organisms/environment. Charles Krebs Changed definition of Ecology to interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms. Modern Definition of Ecology Study of biotic + abiotic interactions that determine distribution and abundance of organisms. Applied Ecology Early emphasis of ecology (tropical plant ecology, pest …

“Unless Environmental ethics is a field of philosophy

 “Unless humanity is suicidal, it should want to preserve, at the minimum, the natural life-support systems and processes required to sustain its own existence” (Daily, p.365). It is curtail that society puts its best efforts to try to persevere the environment; this is the only planet humans have. Creating more damage to earth will cause unnecessary harm to all species …

Terrestrial Ecology Key Terms

Keystone Species A species whose presence and role within an ecosystem has a disproportionate effect on other organisms within the system. Ecology the study of life Ecosystem a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment. Biosphere the part of the earth’s crust, waters, and atmosphere that supports life. Biome A distinct group lifeforms and …

Ecology Terms

ECOSYSYEM A community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment. ECOLOGY The study of ecosystems SPECIES Organisms that can reproduce with each other, and their offspring can also reproduce. POPULATION All the organisms of the same species in a given area at a given time. COMMUNITY All the living organisms in …

Evnironmental Systems

Adaptation 1. a genetically determined characteristic that enhances the ability of an individual to cope with the conditions of its environment. 2. The evolutionary process by which organisms become better suited to their environments. Biosphere all of the ecosystems of the Earth. Community an association of interacting populations usually defined by the nature of their interaction or the place in …