Population Ecology Objectives

  1. Understand the meaning of population(s), density and dispersion.
  2. Understand the elements of demography including:
    1. how age structure affects population growth.
    2. how to use survivorship curves.
    3. what is a cohort?
  3. Understand what a life history is and the similarities and diferences between equilibrial and opportunistic strategies.
  4. Understand the characteristics and ultimate fates for the two models of population growth, exponential and logistic
  5. Understand the concept of carrying capacity.
    1. How population size is regulated.
    2. Understand and give examples of density dependent and density independent control factors.
  6. Describe classic population cycling models and how they can be misinterpreted.