Ecology-Chapter 2

  1. Population
    All the individuals that occupy a particular geographic area at a certain time
  2. Exponential growth
    Accelerating growth that produces a J-shaped curve when the population is graphed against time
  3. Limiting factors
    A factor that limits the growth, distribution, or amount of a population in an ecosystem
  4. Carrying capacity
    The size of a population that can be supported indefinitely by the available resources and services of an ecosystem
  5. Ecological niche
    The way in which an organism occupies a position in an ecosystem, including all the necessary biotic and abiotic factors
  6. Predator
    an organism that kills and consumes other organisms
  7. Prey
    an organism that is eaten as food by a predator
  8. Mutualism
    a symbiotic relationship between two species in which both species benefit from the relationship
  9. Parasite
    an organism whose niche is dependant on a close association with a larger host organism
  10. Competition
    when two or more organisms compete for the same resource in the same location at the same time
  11. Sustainable use
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Ecology-Chapter 2