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Islands as a Tool for Teaching Ecology and Evolution

Author(s): Yadeeh Sawyer1, Libby Beckman1, Kayce Bell1, Joseph Cook1

University of New Mexico

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Module for Ecology & Evolution course covering island biogeography principles, The scientific process and hypothesis testing, statistical methods (t-tests, regression), and online database use and availability

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Version 1.0 - published on 14 Jan 2019 doi:10.25334/Q4XB05 - cite this


Taught in Biology 203: Ecology and Evolution. Textbook: “Biological Science 4th edition, Scott Freeman, Prentice Hall, 2010.”

  •  Lecture should introduce the various island effects and species diversity.
    • Chapters that address these topics include: Evolution by Natural Selection (ch24), Evolutionary processes (ch25), Biogeography (ch50), Species richness in ecological communities (ch53), and Biodiversity and conservation (ch55).
  • The lab will address Arctos searches, and concepts reinforcing lecture topics. Most of the work will be done as homework or a semester project. Final lab report will be due at the end of the semester with intermediate “check points” throughout.
    • Relevant topics in the current lab manual include: Topic 20: Evidence of Evolution, and Topic 21: Natural Selection
  • This can be extended to higher level courses and to other “island” systems.

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