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Connecting Concepts: Interactive Lessons in Biology, Ecology, Population Dynamics

By Robert Jeanne1, Jan Cheetham1, Lee Clippard1, Alan Wolf2, Les Howles1, Edna Francisco1, Michelle Glenetski1, Bahman Zakeri1, Cidney Frietag1, Steven Clark1, Sainath Suryanarayanan1, Ben Schulte1, Olaf Olson1

1. University of Wisconsin-Madison 2. Learning Technology and Distance Education & Center for Biology Education

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"The capacity for growth is a measure of the success of a population of a species. Because there are so many interactions between individuals and the environment, measuring how well populations grow is often complex. Population biologists frequently use mathematical growth models to help them study real populations.

Population models might seem like all theory and math, but they help us understand real ecological systems in simpler terms. They are used for testing theories, making predictions, and for making decisions about managing or conserving populations of many species.

In this lesson, you'll learn more about two widely used population growth models: exponential and logistic." @2003 University of Wisconsin

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  • University of Wisconsin. 2003. "Connecting Concepts: Interactive Lessons in Biology" Ecology, Population Dynamics module. http://ats.doit.wisc.edu/biology/ec/pd/pd.htm. Last accessed on 16 Jan 2015.

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Alison N Hale

University of Pittsburgh

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