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Exam 3 Study Guide

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Exam 3 Study Guide 301

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This is the study guide for Exam 3 on November 3. Hope this is helpful!
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EXAM 3 STUDY GUIDE Chapter 13: Population Dynamics Over Space and Time  Population fluctuations- happens with ALL populations o Large organisms- fluctuate less due to large surface area to volume ratio; allows for homeostasis in adverse conditions o Small organisms- reproduce faster and respond faster to changing environmental conditions o Age structure fluctuations- high numbers in any one age group usually corresponds with high birth or death rates in that year o Overshoot- population exceeds carrying capacity (k), usually due to a reduction in k because of decrease in resources o Die-off- decrease in population density following an overshoot  Cyclic behavior of populations- most populations have an inherent pattern of regular oscillations over time o Can occur over large geographic areas between related species o Reasons- may be due to storage of nutrients or delays in moving from one life stage to the next  Delayed density dependence- density dependence occurs based on population density at some time in the past dN Nt−τ o =rN(1− ) dt k o rτ < .37  no oscillations o .37 < rτ < 1.57  damped oscillations (magnitude of oscillations decreases over time) o rτ > 1.57  stable limit cycle (large oscillations over time)  Extinction- population ceases to exist o Reasons- small populations are more susceptible; usually due to lack of resources, natural disasters, or human activity o Deterministic model- does not account for variation in population growth rates o Stochastic model- accounts for variation in population growth rates  Demographic stochasticity- due to random variations among individuals  Environmental stochasticity- due to environmental conditions  Habitat quality o Habitat fragmentation- breaking up a habitat into smaller habitats o Basic metapopulation model- assumes that all patches of habitat are of equal quality  Each occupied patch has the same subpopulation size  Each subpopulation supplies the same number of dispersers to other patches e  p−¿1− c o Rescue effect- dispersers supplement declining populations to prevent extinction Chapter 14: Predation and Herbivory  Both can have dramatic effects on species abundance o Invasive species- introduced species that grows rapidly and negatively affects other species o Types of predators  Parasitoids- predators whose larvae eat prey from the inside out  Mesopredators- smaller carnivores that typically eat herbivores  Top predators- bigger carnivores that are at the top of the food chain  Population cycles o Stable cycles can occur when environment is complex so predators cannot easily find prey o Lotka-Volterra model- incorporates oscillations in abundance of predator and prey populations dN  Growth of Prey = =rN−cNP dt  rN = exponential growth rate of prey population  cNP = loss of individuals due to predation dr  Growth of predator population = dt=acNP−mP  acNP = birth rate  mP = death rate  Prey population is stable when dN/dt = 0  Predator population is stable when dP/dt = 0 o Equilibrium isocline- population of one species causes the population of another to be stable  Prey at equilibrium when P = r/c  Predators at equilibrium when N = m/ac o Functional responses- relationship between prey density and predator consumption  Type I- predator rate of consumption increases until satisfied (uncommon)  Type II- predator rate of consumption decreases as prey density decreases, then plateaus  Any prey density increase causes consumption to slow  Type III- low, rapid, slowing prey consumption under low, moderate and high prey density  Most common in the wild o Prey can find places to hide o Predators have less practice finding prey but can develop search image (helps locate and capture food) o Predators may exhibit prey switching  o Numerical response- change in number of predators due to population growth or movement  Evolution of defenses o Behavioral- prey will use alarm calls, spatial avoidance and activity reduction o Chemical  Warning coloration (aposematism)- distastefulness evolves in association with conspicuous patters or colors  Mimicry- selection favors palatable species that look like unpalatable species  Batesian mimicry- palatable species evolve similar coloration to unpalatable species  Mullerian mimicry- several unpalatable species evolve similar warning colorations  Plants- sticky compounds, resins, alkaloids o Structural defenses- anything that reduces a predator’s ability to capture, attack, or handle prey  Crypsis- camouflage o Costs- can reduce growth, reproduction, and development  Behavioral defenses have many trade-offs with food gathering, etc.  Mechanical defenses are energetically costly  Hunting strategies o Active hunting- predator spends most of the time moving around looking for prey o Ambush (sit and wait) hunting- predator lies in wait for prey to pass Chapter 15: Parasitism and Infectious Diseases  Types o Ectoparasites- live on the outside of organisms and feed on bodily fluids through puncturing the skin  Little difficulty moving from host to host  High exposure to external environment, low exposure to immune system of host  Organisms- arthropods (ticks, fleas, etc.), nematodes, leeches o Endoparasites- live on the inside of organisms inside of cells (intracellular) or in body cavities (intercellular)  Difficult to move between hosts  Low exposure to external environment, high exposure to host immune system  Organisms- bacteria, fungi, viruses, prions, helminths  Infection ability o Modes of transmission  Horizontal transmission- passed between organisms that are not parent/offspring  Vertical transmission- passed from parent to offspring  Vector- transmits a parasite between hosts o Ability of parasite to jump between hosts o Host immune response o Existence of reservoir species  Parasite/host dynamics- similar to predator/prey dynamics, except parasites do not usually kill the host o S-I-R Model- assumes no new births of susceptible individuals and that once resistance is gained, it is retained  S = number of individuals susceptible to a pathogen  I = number of individuals infected  R = number of individuals developing resistance  g = rate of transmission via contact between individuals  GRAB  b = rate of recovery and development of immunity  B for b-cells of immune system!!  Probability of contact between susceptible and infected individuals = S(I)  Rate of infection between susceptible and infected individuals = S(I)(g)  Rate of recovery of infected individuals = I(b)  Ratio of new infections to recoveries = reproductive ratio of parasite S(I)(g) rateof infection  = I(b) rateof recovery  R0>1  infection will spread  R0<1  infection fails to spread  Evolution of defenses- hosts can produce immune responses, develop antibacterial or antifungal compounds or utilize biochemical responses  Evolution of offenses- parasites can alter behavior of host to ensure survival and increase probability of infection Chapter 16: Competition  Resource limitation o Interspecific competition- between members of different species o Intraspecific competition- between members of the same species o Resources- things that organisms use/consume that cause population increases when abundant  Renewable- are constantly regenerated  Nonrenewable- are not regenerated o Leibig’s Law of the Minimum- the most limiting resource prevents the population from increasing further  If 2 species compete for the same limiting resource, the species that can drive abundance of the other species to the lowest level will survive  Assumes that each resource has an independent effect on population o Competition exclusion principle- 2 species cannot coexist when they are limited by the same resource  One species will be superior in either gaining the resource or surviving when it is scarce o Competition by related species is intense because they have similar uses for resources  Selection will favor different habitat usage o Competition between non-related species can be intense if species are using a similar resource  Models o Competition coefficients- convert relative population numbers from one species to another o Competition based on single resource d N 1=r N (1− N 1αN 2)  dt 1 1 K 1 d N N −βN 2=r N 1− 2 1  dt 2 2( K 2 ) N =K −α N N  Species 1 stable when 1 1 2 OR when 1 is 0  Species 2 stable when N 2K −β2 1 OR when N2 is 0 o Isoclines- population size at which no growth is experienced  Species 1 N =0 N =K  When 2 , 1 1 N =0 K 1  When 1 , N 2 α  Species 2  When N1=0 , N 2K 2 K 2  When N 20 , N 1 β o Competition based on multiple resources- 2 species can coexist only when 1 is better at persisting at low levels of different resources  Factors that affect competition o Disturbances- natural disasters o Predation and herbivory o Abiotic conditions  Types of competition o Exploitative competition- individuals consume a resource to make it less abundant so others cannot use it o Interference competition- competitors defend resources  Aggressive interactions  Allelopathy- use of chemicals to harm competitors o Apparent competition- 2 species have a negative effect on each other through a enemy


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