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BCOR 102 Study Material for Final Exam

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BCOR 102 Study Material for Final Exam BCOR 102 - A

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Evolution and Ecology
Donald Stratton, Jane Molofsky
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Study focus questions Stratton Chapters 1-7, 10 This is not a guarantee of what will or won’t be on the exams, but it covers most of the highlights and should provide a good basis for studyin g. Chapter 1, Exponential Population growth: Equations: (know these equations but, more importantly, what they mean and how and when they are used) • dN/dt = rN rt • N=tN e0 • λ = N t+1/ Nt • N= N λ t t 0 Concepts: • What assumptions are in those simple models? • You should be able to graph N vs time for a population growing exponentially with various values of r • You should know when to use discrete vs continuous formulations of the model • How can you predict future population size? What is the doubling time for populations with various values of r and lambda? • You should understand the concepts of environmental and demographic stochasticity and why they matter. Chapter 2, Logistic Population Growth Equations: • dN/dt = rN(1-N/K) Concepts: • You should be able to graph the relationship between the various variables (r, N, dN/dt and time as in figs 2.3 and 2.4) for various values of r and K • What happens when N>K? when N<K? • What are the assumptions of the logistic model? • Show graphically where the equilibrium population sizes are. Are they stable? • Time lags can cause the population to oscillate above and below K. Oscillations are bigger at larger values of r. The discrete model has a built-in time lag of one year. How do the population dynamics (N vs time) change as r chandes? Chapter 3. Applied population dynamics Equations: M 1 m 2 • N = n (this simple form of the equation is good enough) 2 Concepts: • What are the assumptions of the mark-recapture technique for estimating € population size? • Be able to interpret a stock-recruit graph [ N(t+1) vs N(t) ] to identify the equilibrium population size, and how the shape will change as r increases. Be able to determine the stability of the equilibrium. • What do fisheries and wildlife biologists mean by “harvestable excess”? How can you determine that value from the stock-recruit graph? • Understand the logic behind the constant harvest and constant effort fishing rules, and why rule 2 is usually preferred. Chapter 4, Life tables Equations: • R 0 Σ l x x • G = (Σ x lxb x / R 0 • r = ln(R0)/G (approx) Concepts: • Be able to set up a life table, fill in missing values, and calculate0R • How do people gather the data for a life table? • What do l xnd b mxan? • What is the relationship between R a0d λ? • Understand the general concepts of the stable age distribution, reproductive value and life expectancy. Chapter 5, Stage structured population growth Equations: • N t+1 A N t Concepts: • Be able to draw a life-cycle graph. • Be able to translate that life-cycle graph to matrix notation. • What is the difference between age- and stage- (or size)- based life cycle graphs? • Be able to multiply the transition matrix with the pop size vector to calculate the population distribution next generation. • What is the stable age (or stage) distribution? Chapter 6: Metapopulations Equations: • Start with the simple Levins model (islands only): dP =cP(1−P)−eP dt • how would you change that equation for the mainland-island model? Concepts: € • How can colonization and extinction allow persistence of species on a regional scale, even when individual populations are almost certain to eventually go extinct? • What is the equilibrium occupancy fraction, given colonization and extinction rates? How can you tell if that equilibrium is stable? • You should be familiar with one or two of the examples that we talked about. • You should understand the conceptual difference between the pure island model and the island-mainland model and how that difference affects the metapopulation dynamics. Chapter 7 Competition Equations: dN ⎛K −N −αN ⎞ dN ⎛K −N −βN ⎞ • 1 = 1N1⎜ 1 1 2⎟ 2 =r2N 2⎜ 2 2 1⎟ dt ⎝ K1 ⎠ dt ⎝ K2 ⎠ Concepts: • You should be able to draw the zero growth isoclines in state space, draw the € population trajectories for various starting positions, and determine whether the two species will coexist or not. • What is the meaning (in words) of α and β? • You should understand how relaxing some of the assumptions of the model (e.g. adding disturbance, competition/colonization tradeoffs, recruitment limitation) can expand the conditions for coexistence of competitors. • What is R* is and why it is useful? Chapter 10: Disease Equations: dS dI dR dt =−βIS , dt=βIS−kI , dt = kI Concepts • Rather than memorize the equations, understand the basic model (S,I,R) € • Know the meaning of the terms in the model (β, k) and why the model is set up the way it is. • Be able to identify the conditions where dI/dt=0. Why is that important? • What is the meaning of R and how do epidemiologists use that to understand the 0 spread of infectious diseases? • What is herd immunity? What is the minimum fraction of the population that must be vaccinated to prevent the spread of the disease?


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