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Population Growth and Regulation

19 November, 2015 - 15:16

Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Explain the characteristics of and differences between exponential and logistic growth patterns
  • Give examples of exponential and logistic growth in natural populations
  • Give examples of how the carrying capacity of a habitat may change
  • Compare and contrast density-dependent growth regulation and density-independent growth regulation giving examples

Population ecologists make use of a variety of methods to model population dynamics. An accurate model should be able to describe the changes occurring in a population and predict future changes.