This package has been designed to provide an interactive overview of
some of the topics covered in this unit.
It has been set up so that you can use it at a number of different levels
After using the package
you should be able to discuss
revise the material covered in lectures and practise answering
look at subtopics in more detail using the relevant literature (this will
require you to read some of the papers on the reference list)
cross reference between the various subtopics and appreciate the relationship
link to web sites publishing details and data on research projects in relevant
appreciate the interpretation of data from allozyme electrophoresis analyses and use
Hardy Weinberg principles to determine levels of genetic variability in
- Why there is such a high diversity of plant
taxa in tropical forests, and how this diversity developed
Which speciation processes may have operated to maintain this diversity
Are there variations in the speciation processes operating at a local or
How can models and hypotheses be tested in the field?
How has the collection and interpretation of data from tropical forests
changed in recent years?
How has this advanced our understanding of evolutionary processes in rainforests?
Self help and feedback
Preliminary questions for each section have answers provided, and
I am trusting you to try answering yourself before you look at my answers.
Extension questions require you to integrate information from
a number of the sources, and use data from projects, to argue key points.
Your answers to these should be emailed to me for individual feedback.
A forum for discussion can eventually be set up if we want to
discuss points raised by many of you or to answer FAQ's. At present
I suggest we discuss such areas in lecture times.