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1 Population and Community Ecology Chapter 6Population and Community Ecology
2 Natures Exists in Several Levels Individual, population, community, ecosystem, biospherePopulation is all the same members of the same species in a given area. This is the unit of evolutionCommunity is all the populations. Looks at species interactions. Communities can be grouped together to form biomesEcosystem looks ate energy and matter flow, biotic/abioticBiosphere is all earth’s ecosystems (anywhere life occurs)
4 Population Characteristics Population size is the total number of individuals within a defined area at a given time.Population density is the number of individuals per unit area at a given time. Used to set hunting/fishing laws, wildlife boundaries, etcLarger organisms usually have smaller density due to less resourcesHigh density = easy to find mates, but more competition and diseasePopulation distribution is how individuals are distributed in respect to one anotherRandom – no pattern (solitary animals with large territories) (least common)Uniform – individuals evenly spaced out (territorial animals, competition)Clumped – large groups of organisms (fish, birds). Enhances feeding opportunities and protection (most common)Population sex ratio is males vs. females. Usually close to 50:50. Helps predict future populationsPopulation age structure is dispersion of how many individuals fall in certain age groups. Most important is how many individuals fall in reproduction age
6 Factors That Influence Population Size Biotic potential is how a population would grow if there was unlimited resources (reproductive characteristics)Density dependent factors influence an individual’s probability of survival and reproduction in a manner that depends on population sizeLimiting resources – a resource a population cannot live without and occurs in quantities lower than the population would require to increase in size (food, water, shelter, nutrients, competition)Carrying capacity is the max population an ecosystem can support. It can overshoot, then birth rates decrease and death rates increaseDensity independent factors have the same effect on an individuals probability of survival and reproduction at any population sizeNatural disaster, weather, temp, habitat destruction
9 Growth ModelsNatural population growth rate growth rate = birth rate – death rateIntrinsic growth rate is maximum possible growth rateActual population growth rate (Crude birth rate + immigration rate) – (Crude death rate + emigration rate)Exponential growth model – Nt = N0ert (j curve)e=natural log, t=time, Nt=future population, N0=current population, r=intrinsic growth ratePopulation grows very rapidly (lots of food/space and little comp)Density independentLogistic growth model starts off exponential, but slows as population approaches carrying capacity (s curve, density dependent)Variations of the logistic say a population can overshoot the carrying capacity
11 You have just been offered a job that will last one month You have just been offered a job that will last one month. You have 2-salary options. You can either receive $10 a week with a $5 per week raise every week, or you can receive one penny for your first day on the job, and then double the previous day’s pay for each of the remaining days. Calculate which option would be better. How does this compare to the two different types of population growth?$70 vs 10,000,000
12 You decide to invest $1000 in a savings account You decide to invest $1000 in a savings account. Your investment will grow at a rate of 10% each year. Assuming that you reinvest the interest each year, how much money will you have in 30 years?
14 Doubling Time and the Rule of 70 The doubling time or Rule of 70 is a useful tool for calculating the time it will take for a population (or money) to double. The rule of 70 explains the time periods involved in exponential growth at a constant rate. To find the approximate doubling time of a quantity growing at a given annual percentage, such as 10%, divide 70 by the percentage growth rate. Remember, the Rule of 70 is an approximation, the actual Rule is 69.3.So the doubling time for the $1000 investment with an annual percentage rate of 10% is70/10 = 7 yearsThe actual Rule of 69.3 is69.3/10 = 6.93 yearsHere is an example of a similar AP multiple-choice question that asks student to calculate doubling time using the Rule of 70.Example: If the population of rabbits in an ecosystem grows at a rate of approximately 4 percent per year, the number of years required for the rabbit population to double is closest toa. 4 years b. 8 years c. 12 years d. 17 years e. 25 years
15 Solution: 70/4 = 17. 5 years, the closest answer to 17 Solution: 70/4 = 17.5 years, the closest answer to 17.5 would be “d” 17 years.
16 Reproductive Strategies and Survivorship Curves K-selected species population grows slowly until the carrying capacityR selected species have a high intrinsic growth rate (reproduce early and often)TraitK-selected speciesR-selected speciesLife spanLongShortTime to reproductive maturityNumber of reproductive eventsFewManyNumber of offspringSize of offspringLargeSmallParental carePresentAbsentPopulation growth rateSlowFastPopulation regulationDensity dependentDensity independentPopulation dynamicsStable, near carrying capacityHighly variable
18 Population cycles Boom and bust cycle (common in r-strategists) Rapid increase in a population, then a rapid drop offMore predictable (temp or nutrient changes)Strategy is “get it while it is good”Predator prey cycleIf the prey reproduces successfully due to ideal conditions, the predator will soon have success as wellPredator’s population shortly trails preys population change
20 Species InteractionsCompetition – when individuals struggle for the same limiting resourceMembers of same species compete of niches overlapDirect vs. indirectCompetitive exclusion principle – two species competing for the same limited resource cannot coexist (one will be driven out)Reduce competition by hunting at different times, using different habitats, and evolution of body shape/size (finches)Predation – the use of one species as a resource by another species. Does not always result in deathTrue predators consume and kill their prayHerbivores consume plants, but don’t usually kill themParasites live in or on host, but only consume a small piece without usually killing host. Pathogens make host sickParasitoids lay eggs in host, and they eat their way out killing the host
22 ContinuedMutualism – both species benefit from one another (birds/pollination, humans/bacteria, coral/algae, lichens)Commensalism – one species benefits, and the other is neither helped nor harmed (fish/sharks, tree branches as perches for birds)Commensalism, mutualism, and parasitism are all examples of symbiotic relationships, ones where two species live in close association with one another
24 Keystone and Indicator Species Most ecosystems can exist without the presence of one of its speciesA keystone species is one that is disproportionately important to the communityTypically occur in small numbers (sea star example)Ecosystem engineers are create or maintain the habitat for other species (grizzly bear)Indicator species are used as the standard to evaluate the health of an ecosystemTypically sensitive to change, so they can give warning signs (trout and poll)Indigenous species are ones that naturally live in an areaInvasive species are ones that are introduces to a new ecosystem (zebra musssles)
26 Primary SuccessionEcological succession is the gradual replacement of species over timePrimary succession occurs on abandoned or new land masses where there is no soilRock is covered by lichens and mosses (don’t need soil)They secrete an acid that breaks down rock to create soilLichen and mosses die and add organic matter to soilSoil gets deeper so grasses move inIf climate favors, trees will followSecondary succession occurs in areas that have been disturbed, but still have soil and nutrientsOften after natural disastersGrasses/flowers usually arrive within a year (pioneer species)Seeds come by wind, and trees quickly follow and compete for sunWhen everything is in balance, called climax community
29 Factors That Influence Species Richness Four majors factorsLatitude – angular distance north or south of the equator. Further away from equator, less variety of animals because cold and little sunTime – more time allows for more species to evolveHabitat size – larger habitats typically means more species because dispersing species land here, can support more species, and a wider range of environmental conditionsDistance from other communities
30 Theory of Island Biogeography Theory of island biogeography- the theory that explains that both habitat size and distance determine species richness.