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population dynamics

Population Dynamics

Characteristics of Populations

Factors Limiting Populations

Human Populations

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characteristics of populations
Characteristic # 1Characteristics of Populations
  • Geographic distribution or range
    • Area inhabited by a population

“The Philippine tarsier (Tarsiussyrichta) is endemic to the southern Philippine islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao, where it thrives mostly in secondary forests and dense patches or thickets of bush, tall grass and bamboo.”


Characteristic # 2

http://www.unisdr.org/, http://www.nscb.gov.ph/factsheet/pdf08/FS-200806-SS1-01.asp

Characteristic # 3
  • Population dispersion
    • Patterns of spacing in relation to other members of the population
    • Clumped, uniform, random

Concepts and Connections 2002 by Campbell

Characteristic # 4
  • Growth rate, r
    • change in the number of individuals in a population per unit time
  • Factors affecting population size:
      • # of births
      • # of deaths
      • # of individuals leaving/entering
        • Immigration = into
        • Emigration = exit

 # of individuals added to/taken from the population

If r = pop’n growth rate

b = birth rate/natality

d = death rate/mortality

i= rate of immigration

e = rate of emigration

Express r in terms of b, d, i, and e.

r = (b+i) – (d+e)

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Characteristic # 4 (con’t)
  • Growth rate, r
    • Exponential growth
      • Individuals in a population reproduce at a constant rate
      • ex. bacterial reproduction: binary fission


Characteristic # 4 (con’t)
  • Growth rate, r
    • Exponential growth
      • Individuals in a population reproduce at a constant rate
  • Logistic growth
    • Population’s growth slows/stops following a period of exponential growth






Characteristic # 4 (con’t)
  • Growth rate, r
    • Logistic growth
      • Biotic potential, rmax
        • Max rate at w/c a population could increase under ideal conditions
      • Environmental resistance
        • Unfavorable conditions that prevent a population from reaching its rmax
      • Carrying capacity, K
        • Max # of individuals a given environment could support with its limited resources
survivorship curves
Survivorship Curves


factors limiting populations
Factors Limiting Populations
  • Limiting factor- factor that causes population growth to decrease
    • Density-dependent factors
      • Becomes limiting only when population reaches a certain level; mostly biotic factors
    • Density-independent factors
      • Affects all populations in similar ways, regardless of population size; mostly abiotic factors


factors limiting populations1
Factors Limiting Populations
  • Competition
  • Crowding and stress
  • Human disturbances
  • Natural catastrophes
  • Parasitism and disease
  • Predation

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human population growth
Human Population Growth
  • Which model of pop’n growth (exp’l vs. logistic) does the human pop’n follow?
    • Human pop’n size has increased through time
  • What factors have controlled human pop’n growth through the centuries?
    • Centralized agriculture
    • Infectious disease
    • Industrial, technological revolutions
    • Modern medicine


populations in developing vs industrialized countries
Populations in developing vs. industrialized countries
  • What does this graph tell us about birth rates in different countries?
  • What about death rates?
demographics age structure and sex ratio
http://www.bio.miami.edu/dana/pix/agestructure.gifDemographicsAge structure and Sex-ratio
  • What do these graphs tell us about birth rates in different countries?
  • What about death rates?
  • What can age structure diagrams tell us about the population?
What are the effects of human population growth?
  • What are the effects of different lifestyles?


ecological footprints
Ecological Footprints