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The Intersection of Biology, Culture, and Environment. Outline of Lecture. Forces of Change Quick Overview – Global Warming and Population Growth Human Culture Influence on other species through direct and indirect avenues. Forces of Change. Global Warming

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The intersection of biology culture and environment

The Intersection of Biology, Culture, and Environment


Outline of lecture

Outline of Lecture

  • Forces of Change

    • Quick Overview – Global Warming and Population Growth

  • Human Culture

    • Influence on other species through direct and indirect avenues


Forces of change

Forces of Change

  • Global Warming

    • Increase in avg. temp of Earth’s atmosphere

  • Critical signal of change – melting of glaciers and other ice masses

    • Melting of ice = increase in sea levels

Example: Ice fields of Mt Kilimanjaro

(Tanzania) have shrunk by 80%

over the last century


Forces of change1

Forces of Change

  • Global Warming - Why be concerned?

    • Temperature fluctuations

    • Food supply, droughts, increase in sea level, etc

      • Somalia – recent drought; 7month long famine; 750,000 deaths (BBC source)

      • Human Health – increase in vector-borne infections (e.g. malaria and dengue fever) and food-borne infections; land loss; air quality


Forces of change2

Forces of Change

Population Growth

  • Impact on Disease


Forces of change3

Forces of Change

Population Growth

  • Influence on biodiversity of the planet

  • Humans have long displayed other species – Extinction

    Habitat degradation

  • Logging; timber

  • Agriculture

  • Ecosystems are being destroyed


Human culture

Human Culture

  • Primate Hunting

    • ‘Bush meat’

      • Subsistence and Commercial

      • Vulnerability to hunters

Annamnn, 1992; 1996; Oates et al., 2000; Rose, 2002; Waltert et al., 2002; Story, 2005; Harwood, 2009;


Human culture1

Human Culture

“Between 1997 and mid-2005, more than 73,733 animals passed through the Malabo bushmeat market, including 11, 994 monkeys.”


Activity worksheet 10

Activity: Worksheet #10

  • Discuss with your group members how what you have learned in anthropology may help address these problems. In your discussion, provide specific examples (e.g. species, disease, geographical region, etc) to support your explanations.

    • Genetic disease (e.g., Sickle-Cell Anemia, Phenylketonuria (PKU) , etc…)

    • Infectious disease (e.g., AIDS, Malaria, Ebola, Cholera, etc…)

    • Malnutrition

    • Cultural Conflict (associated with religion, ethnicity, etc)

    • Endangered species

    • Destruction of natural resources

    • Overpopulation


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