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Lec 31 - Why So Many Species? The Factors Affecting Biodiversity

"Lec 31 - Why So Many Species? The Factors Affecting Biodiversity" Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB 122) One can look at biodiversity from several perspectives. An ecological point of view tries to determine how necessary diversity is for an ecosystem to function. An economic point of view tries to capture the value of the "services" nature provides for mankind. An evolutionary point of view shows how artificial the human "right" to dominance is. Finally, a personal point of view captures the emotional basis for the values that humans place on biodiversity. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction 05:39 - Chapter 2. The Ecological Perspective 11:45 - Chapter 3. The Economic Perspective 21:12 - Chapter 4. The Evolutionary Perspective 26:18 - Chapter 5. The Personal Perspective 33:01 - Chapter 6. What to Do? 45:28 - Chapter 7. Conclusion Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2009.

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Tags: Ecology economics evolution population overpopulation natural resources externalities ecosystems stability redundancy dominance endangered species

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Lec 1 - The Nature of Evolution: Selection, Inheritance, and History

Lec 2 - Basic Transmission Genetics

Lec 3 - Adaptive Evolution: Natural Selection

Lec 4 - Neutral Evolution: Genetic Drift

Lec 5 - How Selection Changes the Genetic Composition of Population

Lec 6 - The Origin and Maintenance of Genetic Variation

Lec 7 - The Importance of Development in Evolution

Lec 8 - The Expression of Variation: Reaction Norms

Lec 9 - The Evolution of Sex

Lec 10 - Genomic Conflict

Lec 11 - Life History Evolution

Lec 12 - Sex Allocation

Lec 13 - Sexual Selection

Lec 14 - Species and Speciation

Lec 15 - Phylogeny and Systematics

Lec 16 - Comparative Methods: Trees, Maps, and Traits

Lec 17 - Key Events in Evolution

Lec 18 - Major Events in the Geological Theatre

Lec 19 - The Fossil Record and Life's History

Lec 20 - Coevolution

Lec 21 - Evolutionary Medicine

Lec 22 - The Impact of Evolutionary Thought on the Social Sciences

Lec 23 - The Logic of Science

Lec 24 - Climate and the Distribution of Life on Earth

Lec 25 - Interactions with the Physical Environment

Lec 26 - Population Growth: Density Effects

Lec 27 - Interspecific Competition

Lec 28 - Ecological Communities

Lec 29 - Island Biogeography and Invasive Species

Lec 30 - Energy and Matter in Ecosystems

Lec 32 - Economic Decisions for the Foraging Individual

Lec 33 - Evolutionary Game Theory: Fighting and Contests

Lec 34 - Mating Systems and Parental Care

Lec 35 - Alternative Breeding Strategies

Lec Last - Selfishness and Altruism

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