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resistance

measure of how much a community is affected by a disturbance

2

resilience

measure of how quickly a community recovers following a disturbance

3

natural experiment

situation where a natural change in conditions enables comparisons of groups, rather than a manipulation of conditions by researchers

4

ecosystem service

all benefits that humans derive, directly or indirectly, from ecosystem functions

5

bioprospecting

effort to find commercially useful compounds by studying orgs—esp. species that are poorly studied to date

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sustainability

planned used of environmental resources @ a rate no faster than rate @ which they are naturally replaced

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seed bank

repository where seeds, representing many different varieties of domestic crops or other species, are preserved

8

ex situ conservation

preserving species outside of natural areas

(ie) zoo, aquaria, or botanical gardens

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wildlife corridor

strips of wildlife habitat connecting populations that otherwise would be isolated by human-made development

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ecotourism

tourism based on observing wildlife or experiencing other aspects of natural areas