Please turn in your R code for this assignment to the Dropbox by Tuesday, 13th November.
Required: Add code to the supplied R file to calculate the area and richness of at least 5 regions (at minimum this can be 1 through 5 counties that share boundary)
Optional: Plot these data, fit a linear model (line of best slope) and estimate the intercept and slope
Even more optional: Repeat this exercise for similar areas that are more or less environmentally variable than the original (physiography of county indicated by color of counties in the supplied pdf file) & compare and comment on the slope obtained for both versions
Email Dr Park with any questions/requests for help (attach R file when doing this)
The in-class exercise on bats (latitudinal diversity gradients) may be turned in here by Thursday, 1st October – for extra credit towards homework.
Today’s reading was posted late so there won’t be a quiz. Please come prepared to learn about measuring biodiversity. We’ll also work on group projects for awhile if there’s time.
Please put your completed word document for this assignment in the Dropbox
Instructions are here. Each group should share a google doc with instructors no later than Thursday, 18 October 2018. This document is to include the names of team members and 3 proposed research questions listed in order of preference. This document will also serve to document group progress. While project 2 is formally assessed by group presentation, this document will help groups and instructors coordinate research progress.
(also updated in syllabus): Project 1 will only require a written report and project 2 will only require a presentation.
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A reminder that PhD candidate Robbie Richards will be running the class on Tuesday, October 2nd. A message from Robbie below on getting a head start on some homework…
“Please make an attempt to complete questions 2 and 3 from the homework section of the predator-prey reading prior to class on Tuesday. You’ll be comparing your work with a classmate and then we’ll discuss them as a group during class. I’m looking forward to meeting you all!”