15.2: Readings and Resources - Biology

15.2: Readings and Resources - Biology

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15.2: Readings and Resources

Wildlife and Fisheries Resources

The Master of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources degree (non-thesis) has a new online delivery option for students with experience in natural resources who wish to enhance their professional degree skills. Students potentially include Federal and State Agency wildlife and fisheries employees, educators who wish to increase their knowledge about wildlife and fisheries biology, private industry professionals, and individuals with a variety of other natural resource backgrounds. We also accept a limited number of students who come from out of the natural resources field or who are looking to make a career change. Students who do not have previous experience in natural resources may need to take coursework to strengthen their chance of success in the program prior to applying. The program is in a fully online format, allowing lectures to be available 24/7. Students who enroll in 2 courses a semester can complete the degree in as little as 2 years (3.5 years if 1 course is taken per semester). New enrollees are accepted in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters as space permits. See application deadlines below.   

15.2: Readings and Resources - Biology

by Miller & Levine

[complete Table of Contents]

"Timing is Everything"
An essay on the NOVA website by Joe Levine, coauthor of BIOLOGY)

Visit the Darwin Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History
(Educator's Guide to the Exhibit)

What is a Theory? (Video from the Darwin Exhibit - featuring author Ken Miller) Requires RealPlayer.

Chapter 15
Darwin's Theory of Evolution

In this chapter, students will read about how Darwin developed his theory of evolution and some of the evidence that supports this theory. The links below lead to additional resources to help you with this chapter. These include Hot Links to Web sites related to the topics in this chapter, the Take It to the Net activities referred to in your textbook, a Self-Test you can use to test your knowledge of this chapter, and Teaching Links that instructors may find useful for their students.

Section 15-1: The Puzzle of Life's Diversity
During his travels, Charles Darwin made numerous observations and collected evidence that led him to propose a revolutionary hypothesis about the way life changes over time.
Darwin observed that the characteristics of many animals and plants varied noticeably among the different islands of the Galápagos.

Section 15-2: Ideas That Shaped Darwin's Thinking
Hutton and Lyell helped scientists realize that Earth is many millions of years old, and the processes that changed Earth in the past are the same processes that operate in the present.
Lamarck proposed that by selective use or disuse of organs, organisms acquired or lost certain traits during their lifetime. These traits could then be passed on to their offspring. Over time, this process led to change in a species.
Malthus reasoned that if the human population continued to grow unchecked, sooner or later there would be insufficient living space and food for everyone.

Section 15-3: Darwin Presents His Case
In artificial selection, nature provides the variation among different organisms, and humans select those variations that they find useful.
Over time, natural selection results in changes in the inherited characteristics of a population. These changes increase a species' fitness in its environment.
Darwin argued that living things have been evolving on Earth for millions of years. Evidence for this process could be found in the fossil record, the geographical distribution of living species, homologous structures of living organisms, and similarities in early development.

College Resources

Academic Resources

The Learning Commons is dedicated to the idea of students helping students to raise academic achievement. Students who study in pairs or small groups tend to learn more and perform better than students who study in isolation. The Learning Commons capitalizes on the strength of peer collaboration by hiring students who have distinguished themselves in math, writing, science or library research to work with other students in these areas. Experienced students are an excellent resource. Because they remember what it was like to learn the material, they are adept at perceiving points of confusion and explaining difficult concepts. In addition, students who seek help from their peers tend to feel less intimidated about asking questions because of the inherent equality in the peer relationship.

Peer assistance in math, physics, writing, science and library research is available. These peer assistance services are available to all students at no cost. Please refer to the Learning Commons web site for more details.

Center for Career and Professional Development

The college’s long-standing tradition of experiential education is an integral part of the curriculum in biology. The Center for Career and Professional Development serves as a campus resource center for students. The CCPD maintains an extensive database of internships, externships, fellowships and full-time employment opportunities for students, and offers assistance with job applications, interview skills and career exploration.

Center for International Programs / Study Abroad / Study Away

Kalamazoo College through the Center for International Programs (CIP) currently sends students to over 50 programs in 25 countries on 6 continents. Programs are three to nine months in length. The CIP also offers several three-month domestic study away programs. Over 60% of K students participate in study abroad or study away programs and science students participate at the same rate as students from other disciplines.

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