Rice University

Introduction to Biology: Ecology

This course is part of Introduction to Biology: Ecology, Evolution, & Biodiversity Specialization

Taught in English

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Scott Solomon

Instructor: Scott Solomon

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19 hours (approximately)
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  • How interdependent every living thing is; how people are impacting the natural world

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There are 9 modules in this course

What's included

2 videos3 readings1 discussion prompt

In this module, we will learn about the goals of the science of ecology and some of the ways in which ecology can be applied to help people.

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2 videos4 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

In this module, we will Learn about the factors that influence the distribution of life on Earth, some of the approaches that ecologists use to study ecological communities, and how the concept of an ecological niche can be used to understand the outcome of competition between species.

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7 videos10 readings2 quizzes1 peer review2 discussion prompts

In this module, we will learn about the development of the equilibrium theory of island biogeography and how it can be applied both to real islands and to protected areas.

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3 videos4 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In this module, we will learn about the various ways that species interact with one another, the role of keystone species in natural ecosystems, and how disturbances like floods and fires affect ecological communities.

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6 videos8 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

In this module, we will learn how ecologists estimate population sizes of wild animals, the factors that affect population size in animals and people, and the history and recent trends in human population growth.

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4 videos7 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

In this module, we will learn about the major threats to living species and the impacts of habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change on the natural world.

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5 videos8 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

In this module, we will learn about the current declines in biodiversity and how biodiversity loss affects ecosystems and people.

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6 videos8 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

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1 video1 peer review

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Scott Solomon
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