Biology is designed for multi-semester biology courses for science majors. It is grounded on an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features that highlight careers in the biological sciences and everyday applications of the concepts at hand. To meet the needs of today’s instructors and students, some content has been strategically condensed while maintaining the overall scope and coverage of traditional texts for this course. Instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom. Biology also includes an innovative art program that incorporates critical thinking and clicker questions to help students understand—and apply—key concepts.
By the end of this section, you will be able to:Explain how angiosperm diversity is due, in part, to multiple interactions with animalsDescribe ways in which pollination occursDiscuss the roles that plants play in ecosystems and how deforestation threatens plant biodiversity
The Council on Foreign Relation's (CFR) "Deforestation in the Amazon" InfoGuide provides a compelling look at the causes and consequences of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and is available online in English and Portuguese. CFR InfoGuides are a multimedia series to promote understanding of complex foreign policy issues.
Students learn about using renewable energy from the Sun for heating and cooking as they build and compare the performance of four solar cooker designs. They explore the concepts of insulation, reflection, absorption, conduction and convection.
Our planet is becoming hot. In fact, Earth may be warming faster than ever before. This warming will challenge society throughout the 21st century. How do we cope with rising seas? How will we prepare for more intense hurricanes? How will we adapt to debilitating droughts and heat waves? Scientists are striving to improve predictions of how the environment will change and how it will impact humans. Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts Over the Next Century is designed to provide the state of the art of climate science, the impact of warming on humans, as well as ways we can adapt. Every student will understand the challenges and opportunities of living in the 21st century.
Students begin by reading Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" as an example of how overdevelopment can cause long-lasting environmental destruction. Students discuss how to balance the needs of the environment with the needs of human industry. Student teams are asked to serve as natural resource engineers, city planning engineers and civil engineers with the task to replant the nearly destroyed forest and develop a sustainable community design that can co-exist with the re-established natural area.
The Mangrove Mapping Curricula strives to provide opportunities for students to learn about and explore mangroves and their ecosystems. Through this process it is hoped that students develop and understanding and appreciation for mangroves and the role they play in a healthy environment. Mangroves are group of tropical/subtropical trees that live in salt or sweet (salt/fresh water combination) water coastal environments. They are considered a cornerstone species and play important roles in habitat formation and stabilization of coastal environments.
Simulating the Tragedy of Commons illustrates for students to how sustaining our natural resources requires conservation and the cooperative use of those resources.
In this twoĚ˘ hour program, Jean Michel Cousteau and the Ocean Adventures team visit the Amazon River Basin. The mighty Amazon River flows through the worldĚ˘ĺŰĺŞs largest tropical rainforest, creating the most biodiverse area on the planet. TwentyĚ˘ five years ago, Jean Michel explored this fabled region with his father, Jacques Cousteau. Since then, an area the size of Texas has been deforested. From this region of urgency and conflict - where human enterprise and expansion not only compromise the health and ecology of the river and rainforest basin, but also truly inflict consequences on a global scale - come new beacons of hope and sustainability.âĺ_n acest program de douĚăĺÄ ore, Jean Michel Cousteau _ĺŮi echipa Ocean Aventurile viziteazĚăĺÄ bazinul râč÷ului Amazon. Puternicul Amazon curge prin cea mai mare pĚăĺÄdure tropicalĚăĺÄ din lume, creâč÷nd cea mai mare zona de biodiversitate de pe planetĚăĺÄ. Cu douazeci ÎĺŞi cinci de ani â_n urmĚăĺÄ, Jean-Michel a explorat aceastĚăĺÄ regiune fabuloasĚăĺÄ cu tatĚăĺÄl sĚăĺÄu, Jacques Cousteau. De atunci, o zona de marimea Texasului a fost defri_ĺŮatĚăĺÄ.
This purpose of this lesson is to understand the importance of food production and food surpluses to the origin and historical development of urban ecosystems. To understand how the exploitation of forests, irrigation waters, and other resources led to catastrophic consequences for some early cities.
This lesson was developed by Dr. Penny Firth, a scientist, as part of a set of interdisciplinary Science NetLinks lessons aimed at improved understanding of environmental phenomena and events. This is the second of a strand of five lessons.