GEOB102: ASSIGNMENT #3 DUE MONDAY NOVEMBER 14 by 6: PART 1. BIODIVERSITY Background As discussed in lecture, species diversity is measured using…

6)  calculate “D” using “C” (equation (2) above) to derive Simpson’s Index of diversity.

Part 1 Questions

1. Complete and Table 1 to assess the species diversity of communities A and B in the Serengeti (5 points).

2. Which community has the greatest species richness? (2 points) 3. Which community has the highest diversity? (is the most diverse) (2 points)

4. Briefly explain why the community you chose in question 3 was the most diverse answer (2 points).


Use the following weblinks to answer these questions about the value of local and global biodiversity in our lives.

5. Taxus brevifolia is the scientific name for Pacific or western yew, a slow-growing subcanopy tree that grows in old-growth coastal forests. What modern medicine is derived from this tree and what disease does it treat? Provide the source (link) where you found the information. (2 points)

6. The Vancouver Island marmot one of the most critically endangered mammals in the world. How many remain in the wild? (1 point)

7. Why are Vancouver Island marmots considered to be endangered? (1 point)


8. Briefly describe what “Ocean Wise” is. (1 point)

9. True or False. UBC is “Ocean Wise.” (1 point)

10. Tilapia is a popular fish. Under what conditions is it considered to be Ocean Wise? When is it not Ocean Wise? (1 point)

Use the following link to answer the last 2 questions: 11. What was the estimated greenhouse gas emissions from UBC in 2014? (1 point)

12. How much has UBC reduced its greenhouse gas emissions since 2007? (1 point)

Figure 1. Species composition of two communities on the Serengeti Plains of Africa.

See Table 1 for names of species associated with each symbol. More information on Serengeti National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is available at

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