AP Biology Pre-Discussion Questions: Interactions 4- Population Dynamics

Instructions:

Topic Presentation:

Textbook Reading:

Principles of Life:

OpenStax Biology:

Biozone Pages:

Supplementary Resources:

Crashcourse Biology Videos:

Videos by Paul Andersen:

Questions to answer:

Things you should make sure you understand:

Instructions:  

Topic Presentation:  

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Textbook Reading:

Principles of Life:

OpenStax Biology:

Biozone Pages:

Volume 2:

Supplementary Resources:

Crashcourse Biology Videos:

The History of Life on Earth - Crash Course Ecology #1

Population Ecology: The Texas Mosquito Mystery - Crash Course Ecology #2

Human Population Growth - Crash Course Ecology #3

Videos by Paul Andersen:

r- and K- Selection

Communities

Ecosystems


Questions to answer:

  1. What factors contribute to the increase/decrease of a population?
  2. Compare the exponential and logarithmic models of population growth.  Why are they useful models for studying real world populations?  What are some of their limitations?
  3. How does the mark-recapture method of estimating the size of a population work?
  4. Compare the three major ways that members of a population are distributed in the environment.
  5. What is demographics?  Why is it useful for population biologists?
  6. Compare the three major survivorship curves that populations demonstrate.
  7. Discuss how reproductive strategy affects the structure of a population.  Provide examples related to number of offspring, amount of parental care, and r-selection vs. K-selection.
  8. Discuss the effects of density-dependent factors on the structure of a population and provide examples.
  9. List relevant observations about the growth of the human population from a historical, and modern perspective.

Things you should make sure you understand:

(feel free to ask questions about them in class)