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Week 1 (Lecture 1 & 2) BIOL208

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Week 1 (Lecture 1 & 2) BIOL208 BIOL 208

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Lecture 1: What is biodiversity?, History of Extinction, Factors Responsible for Extinction Lecture 2: Plate tectonics, Cellular Life, Origin of Eukaryotes, Oxygen Revolution, Definition of a Sp...
Christa R. Partain
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Date Created: 09/02/16
8/30/16 Lecture 1 Tuesday, August 30, 2011 What is biodiversity? Bio: - Life Diversity: - Living organisms - Different types - Anything - Taxonomic diversity biological - Different species - Components of biodiversity Species richness & diversity, genetic diversity, & phylogenetic diversity - genus + specific epithet = scientific name smallest Family Order 5 kingdom system is outdated: 3 Domain system is the "contemporary" approach From smallest to A) Bacteria Class largest B) Archaea C) Eukarya Phylum largest Domain • Biodiversity Crisis We are in out 6th mass extinction History of Extinctions: - Homo sapiens --> wreak havoc --> possibly caused extinction of 80% of the megafauna in North America Africa never experience Most likely because humans extinctions (like this) co-evolved with megafauna in Africa - Majority of extinctions have occurred on islands: Why? - Current mass extinction human A) organisms cannot leave the caused island Evidence: B) organisms are adapted to very A) exploitation specific environments B) pollution - "Hot spots" : concentrated endemic species that are rapidly disappearing (there are about 25 of them) Human population is on the rise in most of the hot spots : Why do we care? Biodiversity affects: A) pharmaceuticals B) food/crops C) clothing, biomass, etc Factors Responsible for Extinction: A) overexploitation C) loss of variation E)catastrophic disturbance B) habitat loss D) pollution Devastates a species # & abundance - Introduced species Outcompete and kill off native speces - Extinction cascade A cascade of extinctions (of other animals) Loss of a keystone species - Lack of genetic diversity difficult to comeback (recover) from disturbances Genetic drift in a small population • A chance deleterious allele widely affects small populations 9/1/16 Lecture 2 Thursday, September 1, 2016 - Life on earth: ○ Earth is ~ 4.6 billion years old Oldest geographical material (3.8 billion years old) shows sign of biological activity ○ • Plate tectonics Crust is dynamic & plates are moving over lava **** moving plates = • Movement of plates affects continental configuration more volcanic activity = more co2 in the environment Change in ocean Affects climate by changing ocean currents current = change in climate - Gondwana : where all the southern large land masses were - mega continent (India, Australia, South America, Africa) - Pangea: another super continent Major changes (in biodiversity, climate, etc) are believed to be the result of plate tectonics shifting This results in reproductive isolation, etc. - Cellular life: ○ Oldest cellular life is prokaryotic ○ 3 recognized major groups i. Bacteria ii. Archaea iii.Eukarya - Origin of Eukaryotes common idea that eukaryotes evolved by endosymbiosis Strongest support for this is evidence from chloroplasts & mitochondria - The Oxygen Revolution : about 2.3 billion years ago Oxygen was pretty non-existent for the first 2 billion year or so ○ The earliest photosynthetic organisms were/are cyanobacteria Oxygen revolution = changed the nutrient cycled This allowed for a great production of organic matter. Massive swamps formed, increased oxygen also allowed animals to grow larger. - Multi-cellular life : 1st seen well before beginning of Cambrian - What is a Species? There is no (1) definition for species; many accepted definitions Cambrian explosion : happens mid Cambrian; explosion of metazoans(animals) Assume that different species are unable to make (aka they C/N reproduce) Types of Definitions for Species: 1. Morphospecies - 2 populations that are statistically different by one/two physical characteristics 2. Chronospecies - "evolutionary species" ; a lineage constructed from fossil data that has been deemed as 2 species 3. Biological species concept - reproductively isolated interbreeding populations under natural conditions 4. Genotypic Cluster - the frequency of certain genotypes or phenotypes. No overlapping sequences (locus) between 2 species dictates separation (of the species) 5. Phylogenetic: Smallest detectable monophyletic populations within parental populations ; lineage has to be detectable.


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