An Introduction to Methods and Models in Ecology, Evolution, by Stanton Braude, Bobbi S. Low PDF

By Stanton Braude, Bobbi S. Low

ISBN-10: 0691127239

ISBN-13: 9780691127231

This special textbook introduces undergraduate scholars to quantitative types and strategies in ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation. It explores the center techniques shared by means of those similar fields utilizing instruments and functional talents corresponding to experimental layout, producing phylogenies, simple statistical inference, and persuasive furnish writing. And members use examples from their very own state-of-the-art learn, delivering diversified perspectives to have interaction scholars and increase their understanding.

this is often the one textbook at the topic that includes a collaborative "active studying" process that emphasizes hands-on studying. each bankruptcy has routines that permit scholars to paintings at once with the fabric at their very own speed and in small teams. every one challenge comprises facts awarded in a wealthy array of codecs, which scholars use to respond to questions that illustrate styles, rules, and strategies. subject matters diversity from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and inhabitants potent measurement to optimum foraging and indices of biodiversity. The booklet additionally features a finished glossary.

as well as the editors, the participants are James Beck, Cawas Behram Engineer, John Gaskin, Luke Harmon, Jon Hess, Jason Kolbe, Kenneth H. Kozak, Robert J. Robertson, Emily Silverman, Beth Sparks-Jackson, and Anton Weisstein.

  • Provides adventure with speculation checking out, experimental layout, and medical reasoning
  • Covers center quantitative versions and strategies in ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation
  • Turns "discussion sections" into "thinking labs"

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Dental formulae provide extremely useful characters for mammalogists interested in constructing cladograms. 6) Identifying characteristics: The opossum is a cat-sized marsupial with a pointed muzzle, naked ears, and a long, prehensile tail. Long white hairs combine with black underfur. Dental formula: 5/4 1/1 3/3 4/4 (50). 5. (a) Side view of a typical mammal skull, with major tooth types noted. (b) This mam­ mal jaw exhibits a diastema, a prominent gap between teeth. tail: 306 mm number of chromosomes: 22 Ecology and reproduction: Opossums are solitary, omnivorous, and primarily noctur­ nal.

Calculate the length (number of steps) of your tree. 4. What kinds of characters did you find useful? Were discrete characters generally more informative than continuous ones? Small-Group / In-Class Exercise Interpreting Sequence Data When you come to class you will be asked to generate a cladogram from DNA sequence data rather than morphological characters. This approach is becoming widely used, as DNA sequence data become available for more species. 32 • chapter 3 In the first part of this exercise you performed a cladistic analysis on a diverse data set.

Flickers are monogamous and share parental care. Their eggs are lustrous white. Egg laying begins shortly after the nest is completed. One egg is laid per day, until the average clutch size of around 6–7 eggs is complete. Eggs are incubated for approxi­ mately 11 days. Young are nidicolous (“helpless”), and are fed by both parents’ regurgita­ tion. The hatchlings subsist mainly on ant larvae. Fledglings leave the nest about 24–27 days after hatching. The young begin to breed at 1 year of age. Once an adult has bred at a locale, it returns to that locale in subsequent breeding seasons.

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