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Biological Diversity

Ecology Learning Framework

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Biological Diversity
How can you explain the change of biodiversity over short and long (geological) timescales?
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  • Develop an argument that there has been a change in global biodiversity over the last 100 years.
  • Explain why there are multiple species of finches in the Galapagos.
What is biodiversity at the genetic, species and functional (niche) level within an area, a biome or on Earth?
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  • Create a morphological key to identify taxa.
  • Use molecular biology techniques identify functional groups of organisms (e.g., soil, stream, human microbiome, ocean water).
  • Conduct a biological inventory of a specific habitat.
  • Develop and use a biotic index to show the quality of an environment.
  • Predict and justify where you would find a specific species in a particular habitat.
What is the relationship between phenology and biodiversity?
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  • Collect data and create a phenophase representation for selected species.
  • Predict the implications at the local and global scale for observed changes in phenology.
  • Relate changes in phenology to local and/or global disturbances.

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