• Ecology and Environment: Intro
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    Ecology and Environment: Intro

    Homo sapiens rise. While homo habilis, homo neanderthalensis and homo erectus die out, leaving us the sole surviving human species. Our capacity for abstract thought, the ability to plan ahead and the ability to record information were necessary to our survival, but also allowed us to mould the world to our will and benefit. As homo sapiens spread many species such as the mammoths and giant ground sloths were hunted to extinction. Humans gradually abandoned the hunter-gatherer life, settling in agricultural communities. This change allowed much larger groups of humans to coexist, and so our settlements grew. Land was cleared for growing crops and animal husbandry and yet more species…

  • Ecology Part 3 – Ecological Succession
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    Ecology Part 3 – Ecological Succession

    Hi, this is Mr. Judd; and this avalanche pass. It’s a really neat spot in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks where an avalanche took out the entire side of a mountain and displaced and layed all of the vegetation down at the bottom. in ecological terms, we call this a disturbance. A disturbance is anything that disrupts an ecosystem. The topic of today is ecological succession which the term that means an ecosystem grows back and comes back after a disturbance. An avalanches isn’t the only type of disturbance. There are lots of others like tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, forest fires lots of others you can think of. This is…

  • Katharine Suding’s MacArthur Address ESA 2019: Resilience, Recovery and the Ecology of Change
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    Katharine Suding’s MacArthur Address ESA 2019: Resilience, Recovery and the Ecology of Change

    (gentle music) – Katharine Suding is a leader in community ecology. She applies empirical and theoretical approaches to address both fundamental and applied problems faced by ecological communities in today’s changing world. Her presentation is entitled Resilience, Recovery, and the Ecology of Change. Please help me welcome our MacArthur lecturer, speaker, Dr. Katie Suding. (audience applauding) Thank you so much. – Thanks. Thank you, it’s great to be here today. It’s an honor, it’s such a pleasure to follow in MacArthur’s footsteps. I hope today I can exemplify his influence on transforming ecology, particularly by linking ecological theory to patterns of natural history, as well as translating those linkages to…

  • Evelyn Gaiser (UGA Ecology in the 90s)
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    Evelyn Gaiser (UGA Ecology in the 90s)

    Well, I just couldn’t be more thrilled to be here and I am just mystified that I’m up here talking to all of you. It just doesn’t seem like it could have been 25 years ago that’s coming through here. I’m talking about the decade of the 90s. It just feels amazing and I’m just really grateful and honored to be here. The title of my talk is “Cooperation during booms and busts.” And that part of it, I was inspired by having my first day at the Institute, walking into the building and seeing the bust of Gene Odum and going ‘oh my gosh that’s so cool!’ Now, this…

  • 2016 Earth Harmony Festival: EcoVillage Lifestyle Education & Celebration!
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    2016 Earth Harmony Festival: EcoVillage Lifestyle Education & Celebration!

    – [Narrator] Greed, selfishness, hate, and fear are tearing our world apart, but time is short for this outworn materialistic system of competition and separation. Another way of thinking, feeling, and being is emerging. (bright music) Come and join us for the fifth annual Earth Harmony Festival this October 1st and 2nd, a weekend celebration of a lifestyle of cooperation, unity, peace, individual fulfillment, and right relations. We honor all individuals and communities around the world who have responded to the call to foster a new way of living, to make the changes in their own lives, and to lead by example. This culture of the future is rooted in…

  • What If Humans Were the Only Living Things on Earth? | Unveiled
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    What If Humans Were the Only Living Things on Earth? | Unveiled

    What if Humans Were the Only Living Things on Earth? So far, Earth is the only planet in the universe that we’ve found to host life… And, remarkably, it has it in abundance. It’s hard to fathom just how much biodiversity our planet truly holds, but the 7.5 billion human beings only make up about 0.01% of the mass of all life on Earth. How different would things be, then, if that figure was 100%, instead? This is Unveiled, and today we’re answering the extraordinary question; what if humans were the only living things on Earth? Are you a fiend for facts? Are you constantly curious? Then why not subscribe…