Lecture Details :
The idea of ecological communities has changed tremendously over the past 40 years. The classical view stated that there were so many different species because evolution packed them tightly into the available niches. The modern view emphasizes the idea of trophic cascades, or top-down control in food chains. This emphasized the importance of predation in ecology, although it downplayed the significance of food webs, which showed the interrelated nature of ecosystems better than simple food chains.
Course Description :
This course presents the principles of evolution, ecology, and behavior for students beginning their study of biology and of the environment. It discusses major ideas and results in a manner accessible to all Yale College undergraduates. Recent advances have energized these fields with results that have implications well beyond their boundaries: ideas, mechanisms, and processes that should form part of the toolkit of all biologists and educated citizens.
Other Resources :
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- Introductory Biology by MIT
- General Biology Lab,Fall 2011 by UC Berkeley
- Global Problems of Population Growth by Yale
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- Introduction to Biology by MIT
- General Biology,Fall 2011 by UC Berkeley
- General introduction to cell structure and function,Spring 2010 by UC Berkeley
- General Biology Laboratory,Spring 2010 by UC Berkeley
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