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1.    Settings & biogeochemical nutrient sphere, “Chopkins Café” an essential 20 atomic  elements used for life: nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur are as important as carbon,

ozone Chopkins elements

2.    place versus places,  another name for habitat and biotic community where you find WEAL

3.    ecology, milieu, comes from oikios topos, literally “the optimal place” or range of a species, situations

4.    ecological system,  term given to the habitat and the biological community in an area , ecosystem.

5.    form & function, related architectural ideas of how shape & use mesh together.

6.    stress & compensation, the level of impact compared to natural replenishment of energy, nutrients, and water.

7.    Recovery rates, resilience -- the time it takes for "R" and "K" species to differentially repopulate their previous range.

8.    resilience,  -- the capacity to overcome and rebound from impacts. See comparing capacities.

9.    R vs K species, –"r" refers to opportunists & initial succession species; "k" species come in after “r” pioneer species.

10. small versus large egg gambits, – some creatures (oysters) have lots of offspring; others, for example we don’t!

11. Adaptive responses, – involve feedback, appropriate to the condition that just changed.

12. maladaptive behavior,  – “cultural stickiness,” or norms that harm society overall.

13. rational actor model,” – in economics and politics to explain reasonable behavior within an accepted social norm.

14. limits of rationality, – usually found when biological problems confront society & cultures.

15. fashion, what most people do links social norms and conspicuous consumption.

16. framework, the way something is presented, Miller's idea of science, as opposed to Ehrlich's population argument.

17. foundations, the basic, underlying, or fundamental aspects of a problem or situation.

18. keystones, species on which the food chain of other species converge and depend; keystone species.

19. weak links, limiting factors, the law of the minimum, or the least expendable necessity to the function of a system.

20. support mechanisms, the structure of an ecological system that sustains a functioning means of distributing food sources.

21. NPP, net primary productivity, a fundamental concept in ecological science.

22. arable land, the amount of land available in any place to cultivate for food & grazing (40% in the USA)

23. life support system, term often used for describing the contingent and emergent elements of an ecological system for the earth. See weal.

24. ecological imperialism, "the success of European imperialism has a biological, an ecological component." Alfred W. Crosby, p. 7, Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900. (1986)


Terms used in the context of an ecological article.


Ehrlich & Ehrlich, pp. 377-399.


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limitations of natural selection & inheritance,

            Manchester U.K. and industrial melanism of moths,

            genotype vs. phenotype,      

            diversity, diversification,

            inorganic & organic limitations,

            biotic species,

            predator – prey relations,     


            warblers’ song,

            Monarch butterflies,

            mimicry, selection,

            DDT resistance.         

            origins & loss in descent, 

            missing links,




            deep time,




            Olduwan culture,



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