Students will be able to (evolution):
1. Understand that there are mechanisms of change that drive biological evolution that either increase or decrease the genetic diversity within and among populations.
2. Explain the unity and diversity of life using evolutionary theory and the theory of natural selection as justification.
3. Interpret cladograms to examine the relatedness among organisms.
4. Analyze homologies to explain how very different organisms may have inherited traits from a common ancestor.
Students will be able to (ecology):
1. Analyze how organisms, populations, and communities respond to external factors.
2. Describe how events that occur during ecological succession can affect populations and biodiversity.
3. Interpret relationships, including mutualism, parasitism, commensalism, predation, and competition between organisms.
4. Compare variations and adaptations of organisms in different environments.
5. Analyze the flow of energy through ecosystems using models, such as food webs and food chains.
6. Recognize that species survival is dependent on a changing resource base.
7. Describe the flow of nutrients through carbon and nitrogen cycles and explain the consequences of disrupting these cycles.
8. Describe how environmental change can impact ecosystem stability.