species vs. ecosystem approach
importance of biodiversity: intrinsic vs. instrumental values
public land types: multiple use, moderately restricted use, restricted use
How can public land be managed to maintain biodiversity?
economic and ecological services from forests
sustainable forest management
fisheries management: text and video
How does Dr Maathai’s work with the green belt movement bridge “sustainable development, democracy and peace”?
extinction: definitions, human caused-extinction, endangered vs. threatened, why some organisms are more likely than others to go extinct, HIPPO
how do non-native species harm native species and ecosytems?
bioaccumulation and biomagnification
1973 Endangered Species Act and other legal protections
sources of food: how many plants and animals? possible?
Industrialized, Plantation, Traditional subsistence, and Traditional intensive agriculture: where are these practiced? how do they differ?
problems associated with industrialized farming practices: use of pesticides, fossil fuels, monocultures, higher soil erosion, loss of genetic diversity
soil erosion and degradation; soil restoration techniques
fishing methods, overfishing, fish farm pros and cons
government agriculture policy
pesticides: toxicity toward human health, persistence in the environment, effects on non-target organisms
benefits and costs of sustainable and organic farming
genetically modified food issues: health, environment, labeling, attitudes, testing
watershed and hydrologic cycle
availability of reliable runoff
flooding: natural and human influenced (development, forestry, levees and dams)
major types of water pollution:
oxygen-demanding wastes, nutrient enrichment, thermal, infectious agents, inorganic and organic chemicals, sediment
for each know their primary sources (both natural and anthropogenic if applicable), consequences, and control methods
what is BOD? eutrophication? what causes each, and why is it a problem?
point sources vs. non-point sources.
treatment: wastewater, stormwater, drinking water
Remember: you will also see questions from recent videos and student presentations.