Biology & Ecology

In this course we learn basic biological and ecological principles and examine the diversity of Taiwan's organisms and ecosystems.

Week Lecture updated: 191212
9/11 Introduction Syllabus (PDF)
9/18 Ecological Questions I
   Chapters 1&2
Textbook (PDF)    
3 credits
Wed 14:10-17:00
9/25 Taiwan's Diversity
   Film: Typhoon Island (PDF)
10/2 Guest 'speaker': snake
Intro to Taiwan's Snakes
Scientific Method
   Chapter 2
Project hypotheses
Identifing Arthropod Orders:
   Key to Adult Insects
Introduction to Taiwan's Snakes
10/9 Paraphrasing,Citations,References
   Citations&References JWM2018
How to use Study Site Log
How to do Tree Survey
Study Sites:
   THU map
   Map of Study Sites
   Project Groups
Study Site Log Data Sheet (PDF)
   How to use Study Site Log (PDF)
Tree Survey Data Sheet (PDF)
   How to do Tree Survey (PDF)
10/16 Common Taichung Birds
Bird Watching
How to do Bird Surveys (PDF)
How to do Traffic Surveys (PDF)
   Common Taichung Birds
   How to do Bird Surveys (PDF)
   Bird Data Sheet (PDF)
   Expedition Field Techniques(PDF)
   How to do Traffic Surveys (PDF)
   Traffic Data Sheet (PDF)  
10/23 Class OUTSIDE today
Field Research:
trapping techniques
Trap Check Schedule
Trap Check Data sheet
Expedition Field Techniques(PDF)   
10/30 Coriolis Effect & Climate
   Chapter 8
Coriolis Effect:
   Ocean Currents
   Wind Currents
   Why avoid Pacific?
Turn in Group Project Part I
Turn in data sheets:
   Study Site Logs
   October Traffic Survey
   October Bird Point Count
   Tree Survey (if completed)
11/6 MIDTERM EXAM  Quiz questions
Coriolis questions
Extra Credit: Photography  
11/13 Conditions for Life I
   Chapter 3
   Why avoid Pacific?
Wangari Maathai: Planting trees in Kenya
Jadav 'Molai' Payeng: Planting trees in India   (YouTube)
Mbah Sadiman: Planting trees in Indonesia
Allegory: Planing trees in the Alps
David Bamberger: Restoring the water cycle in Texas (YouTube)
I will be a hummingbird (YouTube)  
11/20 Life History
   Chapter 7
   Land Snail (YouTube)
   "Life wil find a way"
   Cane Toads
   Chapter 6
   May 1957 (PDF; see Fig. 1))
   Population Clock
   Babies born each day
   Hunger Statistics  
email Traffic Results
email Tree Results

Data Analysis:
   Bird Mackinnon List
   Bird Point Count
Useful Calculator:
   Bird Diversity
Useful Simple Statistics:
   Standard Deviation
   Standard Error
   Student's T-Test
   Chi-squared Test
11/27 Species & Evolution
   Chapter 4
Darwin's Finches
Green Anoles
Iterative evolution in a water bird
   Chapter 5
email Bird Mackinnon List
email Bird Point Count
12/4 Taiwan's Ecosystems
   Chapters 9 & 10
email 1st draft of slides (PPT)
email 1st draft of script (DOC)
12/10 email final draft of slides (PPT)
email final draft of script (DOC)
email final draft of slides (PPT)
email final draft of script (DOC)
12/11 Group Projects
   Group 2: PPT Script
   Group 3: PPT Script
   Group 4: PPT Script
   Group 5: PPT Script
   Group 6: PPT Script
   Group 8: PPT Script
   Group 11: PPT Script
   Group 12: PPT Script
   Group 13: PPT Script
   PRINT & submit slides
       (PPT: 6 slides per page)
       (PPT: no color)
   PRINT & submit script (DOC)
   TURN in ALL data sheets!
12/18 Your Ecological Footprints
Taiwan, Consumption, & Climate Change  
A Year of Earth's CO2
Global temperatures 1880-2014
Arctic snow melt 1979-2012
Coconut Carrying Octopus
   Interview & Video    
12/25 Holiday: No Class  
1/1 Holiday: No Class
1/8 FINAL EXAM  Review:
   Quiz questions
Extra Credit: Photography

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