Ecology resources

Last updated November 19, 2016

An extensive list of Ecology videos useful for teaching, by Meg Duffy:

*Newly added November 2016* David Attenborough explains new concept of trophic cascades and how whales change the climate:

Youtube videos by Minute Earth:

  • The importance of biodiversity, in your gut: Poop Transplants! a video by Minute Earth (3:14).
  • Are any animals truly monogamous? a video by Minute Earth on sexual dimorphism, monogamy and cheating.
  • The One that Got Away YouTube video by Minute Earth on the effect of fishing regulations that result in harvesting only larger fish. Result is selection for fish that reproduce earlier, and grow more slowly, with dramatic effects. Also listed in the Evolution Resources page.
  • Why poor places are more diverse explains why plant diversity is greatest in regions with poor soil, with analogy to human societies and economic/social diversity

The Habitable Planet by Annenberg Learner. On-line textbook downloadable as pdf, videos, and good interactive simulations (interactive labs) spanning the range of ecology topics.

Graphics of the Earth’s water and air Images of the planet Earth, and the planet’s water, fresh water, and air as spheres. Provides one perspective on the relative quantities.

A-conversation-with-mark-hay-aboard-the-aquarius-habitat Way cool. 20-minute video of Mark Hay talking about life underwater, and an accessible synopsis of his 4-year research on coral reef ecology. Another short video clip shows their work site, and follows a foraging sea turtle.

How many Species Are There on Earth and in the Ocean?” PLoS Biol 9(8): e1001127 – 2011 paper by Camila Mora et al. estimating the number of species on Earth: Jonathan Eisen writes “Bacteria and Archaea don’t get no respect…”  and Carl Zimmer summarizes for the NY Times:  How Many Species on Earth? It’s Tricky.

What is nature (ecosystem) worth? Video by UMN Inst Environment:

Ed Yong’s TED talk on mind-controlling parasites  Science writer Ed Yong talks about parasites that control the behavior of their hosts. Such parasites are abundant and ecologically significant. How likely is the possibility that humans also have such a parasite?


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