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1 BioEd Online Population Density Population density is total population size per unit of area. Population densities depend on: Interactions within the environment Quality of habitat Density dependent factors Density independent factors Carrying capacity is the maximum number of organisms that can be supported in a given habitat. Population size can be measured by several sampling techniques.

2 BioEd Online Population Growth Exponential vs. Logistical Growth

3 BioEd Online Survivorship in Populations

4 BioEd Online Reproductive Strategies r- Selected (maximum growth rate, below carrying capacity) Early reproduction Short life span High mortality rate Little or no parental care Large investment in producing large numbers of offspring Below carrying capacity Examples: Bony fish Grasshoppers K-Selected (maximizes population size near carrying capacity) Late reproduction Long life span Low mortality rate Extensive parental care Greater investment in maintenance and survival of adults At or near carrying capacity Examples: Sharks Elephants

5 BioEd Online Limits on Population Growth Density Dependent Limits Food Water Shelter Disease Density Independent Limits Weather Climate Water and shelter are critical limiting factors in the desert. Fire is an example of a Density independent Limiting factor.

6 BioEd Online Population Age Structure Differences in environmental conditions and past history may cause populations to differ in their age distributions. The future growth of a population depends on its current age distribution.

7 BioEd Online Human Population Growth Human population growth does not currently show density effects that typically characterize natural populations. In natural populations, per capita population growth rate decreases with population size, whereas global human population growth rate has a positive relationship. Human population growth rate has been growing more than exponentially. Limited resources eventually will cause human population growth to slow, but global human carrying capacity is not known.

8 BioEd Online r-selected Reproductive Strategy r-selected Species: have high reproductive rates tend to occur in unpredictable environments typically have type III survivorship curves

9 BioEd Online K-selected Reproductive Strategy K-selected Species: occur near carrying capacity experience effects of population density have low reproductive rates, high parental care have type I survivorship curves.


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