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population dynamics is…

population is an important unit of organization

basic unit w management and conservation

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population definitions

a group of individuals of one species that live in a particular geographic area

a collection of inter-breeding organisms of a particular species

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tell four basic population dynamic processes

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why defining the unit is important

bc it will affect the unit / manner of management

bc it will affect the status of the population

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evolutionary significant unit (ESU)

from salmon managment

commonly used for the purpose of conservation of “protected species”

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Distinct population segment (DPS)

language in Endangered Species Act

smallest unit of species to be protected under ESA

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Stock

unit of management in fisheries

the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

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State Variables

variables that represent the state of a population

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population dynamics (definition)

changes in the state of a population

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what are the state variables

measures of the state of the population

population abundance

population density (number of individuals per unit area)

biomass

incidence (presence-absence)

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Vital rates

facts that change population abundance

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what are the vital rates

birth

death

immigration

emigration

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Constant per-capita birth rate

number of offspring born and survive between time t and t+1 per individual parent

assume no immigration and no emigration

b (in equation)

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Constant per=capita death rate

a portion of individuals alive at time t dying before t+1

rate of death of individuals from time t to time t+1

d (in equation)

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geometric growth equation

n(t+1) = lambdan(1)

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per-population meaning

2.2

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natural log of density changes w geometric growth

grows (declines) linearly ( straight line )

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constant number or birth rates + constant number of death rates =

geometric growth/decline

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finite per-capita population growth rate

lambda

lambda > 1 = geometric growth

lambda = 1 pop. density remains the same

1>lambda>(-) = geometric decline

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fertility term

fecundity (# of offspring per adult) x Offspring survival until age 1

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lifecycle graph

circle/node = age class

arrows = potential transitions of individuals from t to t+1

solid: aging/death

dashed: reproduction / fecundity per parent c the survival of the offspring over one time unit

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how to read/label a(ij)

contribution of age class J to age class I

OG age class is second script

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how to deal with females and males in a model

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how to write a matrix w a(ij)

first subscript = row on matrix

second subscript = column in matrix

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vector

matrix with one column

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matrix

3 x 3 matrix

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scalar

a matrix with one row and one column (n)

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ordinary product

multiplication of matrix and vector product

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component of a vector

each parameter/variable in a vector

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element of a matrix

each parameter/variable in a matrix (vital rates)

location is indicated by 2 numbers (i,j)

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how to multiply matrices

row 1 and column 1 x row 1 and column 1

row 1 and column 2 x row 2 and column 1

etc

only matrices of same size can be multiplied

number of columns of a matrix and the number of components of a vector must be the same

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how to refer to an elemet of matrix (indices)

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how to multiply a popultion matrix and population vector

n(t+1) = An(t) (?)

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how to enter transition rates into a population matrix

a(ij)

i = the row

j = the column

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population vector

the ith component of the vector is the number/density of individuals in the ith stage

the number of components is the same as the number of age classes in the model

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when does the natural log of population density grows/declines linearly with time?

when the elements of a population matrix are constant over time = expo. growth

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what happens to a population when per-capita rates are constant ?

geometric / exponential growth

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what is the difference between transient and asymptotic dynamics when vital rates are constant?

asymptotic = population grows/declines exponentially (here all stages have the same slope w same rate)

transient = each stage grows/declines exponentially after some transient period.

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difference between state variables and vital rates ?

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what’s asymptotic per-capita population growth rate ?

each stage density grows geometrically and the coefficient is the same for all stages

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describe stable stage (age) distribution

under asymptotic dynamics, distribution of individuals amongst stage remains constant

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differences in the characteristics of lifecycle graphs associated with lesilie matrix (age structured) and lefkovitch mitch (stage structured)

leslie matrix:

age progress w time

lefkovitch mitch:

assume age is a special type of stage

stage does not necessarily progress w time

can remain in same stage for years (self-loops)

both have asymptotic population growth rate and stable stage distribution (properties are the same)

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how to draw lifecycle graphs for stage-structured populations

time unit is the same for all

they are stages that can hold multiple ages

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how to write population matrix for stage-structured population

just know

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3 things you can calculate from constant population projection matrix

asymptotic population growth rate (lambda)

stable stage distribution (w)

reproductive value (v)

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stable stage distribution

where the proportion of individuals in each stage remains constant

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reproductive value

measures relative expected contribution of individuals in different stages to future population abundance

denoted by vector v

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difference between reproductive value and fertility

fertility = contributions of individuals in the present

reproductive value = measure of future potential asymptotic contribution of individuals

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what is sensitivity ?

how sensitive lambda is to changes in population parameters aka transition rates

shows measures of how important vital rates are to the asymptotic population growth rate

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be able to calculate sensitivity from stable stage distribution and reproductive values

W = stable stage distribution // V = reproductive value

vw (T) / v (T)w

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interpret the sensitivity results

use (i,j) to see how sensitive lamda is to a(ij)

the ith row of the sensitivity matrix is high if the “reproductive value” of a stage i is high

the jth column of the sensitivity matrix is high if the stable stage distribution of stage j is high

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loggerhead sea turtles basic info:

5 stages:

eggs

small juveniles

large juveniles

subadults

adults

more younger individuals in the population

reproductive value of older individuals is high

we should allocate more effort to protect juveniles

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how is sensitivity matrix related to reproductive value and stable stage distribution

the product of reproductive value and stable stage distribution is the sensitivity matrix

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high sensitivity

if the sensitivity of lamda is to a(ij) is high

relatively large number of individuals is in stage j and or

reproductive value of stage i is high

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instantaneous population growth rate:

the natural log of the finite population growth rate (lambda)

instantaneous and finite population growth rates are both per-capita population growth rates

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what affects vital rates (transition rates) ?

lack of food

habitat deterioration

human interventions (e.g conservation activity)

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describe the steps in conducting matrix population model analysis?

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v =

reproductive value

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w =

stable stage distribution

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simpsons paradox

a trend appears in several groups of data but disappears or reverses when the groups are combined

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difference between longitudinal data and census data

longitudinal data: the individual capture-recaptured data are a type data collected

identified individuals are followed over time

census data: just count individuals

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meaning of 95% confidence intervals

if we repeat the analysis, the estimated value is expected to fall within the confidence intervals 95% of the time

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the cause of increased morality of north atlantic right whales

individuals are dying with a higher stage specific per-capita mortality rate

changes in vital rates

collision with ships

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the 4 qualities calculated from the population matrix

growth rate

reproductive values

stable stage

sensitivity matrix

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why a population growing in its abundance can have a reduced survival rate?

because stage distribution may be different

because the population may consist of more individuals in a stage with lower survival rate

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elasticity

how lambda changes from proportional changes in transition rates a(ij)

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what is the shape of a graph representing population abundance if the same proportion 0.3 of individuals ( 30% ) dies and each individual in the population contributes to the birth of 0.2 individuals on average and these per-capita rates remain constant ( the same ) ?

exponentially decreasing density

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shape of the graph representing population density of both per capita birth rate and per. capita death rates are constant over time?

exponentially increasing density

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which one of these statements are not true ?

there is no variable in statistical analysis

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the proportional of individuals died over one year is 0.8. this value represents

per capita death/mortality rate

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geometric/exponential growth results from

constant per-capita survival and per-capita birth rate

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why do we need to structure a population based on age?

bc survival rate may be different among age classes and bc reproductive rate may be different among age classes

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a(21)

the first number = the destination / the row

the second number = the OG / the column

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the first step to build a population matrix

to draw a lifecycle graph

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the size of leslie matrix for a population is determined by

the oldest individuals in the population

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the number of rows of leslie matrix and the number of component of an associated population vector must be the same

true

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which is the correct way of multiplying a population matrix and population vector

nt+1 = Ant

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( lambda ) weird Y

represents population growth rate

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if all of the per capita rates ( birth rate, death rate, developmental rate ) are constant over time, population density should change

exponentially with time

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the asymptomatic population growth rate and stable stage distribution are the properties of age-structured populations but they are not the properties of stage - structured population?

false

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sensitivity in the matrix population model analysis measures how sensitive lambda is to the same magnitude changes in vital rates whereas the elasticity measures how sensitive lambda is to the same proportional changes in vital rates

true

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in each experiment, we start with the same number of individuals in each stage and introduce two additional individuals either adults or juveniles. on average which will have the greater number of individuals in the future?

both populations

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what does lambda = .95 imply?

the population is expected to decrease by 5% per year on average

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why does stage 2 have a greater number of individuals than stage 1 ?

bc stage 2 includes multiple age classes

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why does stage 5 loggerhead sea turtles have high relative reproductive value?

bc stage 5 have high survival rate

bc stages 1-3 have low survival rate

bc stage 5 has high fecundity

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according to the figure, which of the following is expected to make the population to start growing?

50% reduction in mortality of large juveniles

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what does reproductive value measure?

relative contribution of individuals in a given stage to future population abundance

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according to the sensitivity matrix, which parameter has the most impact on the asymptotic population growth rate?

a (43)

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you administer medication to individuals and keep track of their symptoms/fate over time ( a record for each individual is kept ) the data are

longitudinal data

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the average survival rate for population can be decline when a population abundance is increasing (assuming no immigration and emigration)

TRUE

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case mortality rate appears to be declining. it is still plausible that that disease is becoming worse ( according to simspons paradox ) bc

more younger people ( who previously did not develop symptoms before ) are developing symptoms and they tend to recover.

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population is

a group of individuals of one species that live in a particular geographic area

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semelparous means

individuals reproduce at most once in their life time

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suppose a population of frogs consisted of 100 individuals on March 1, 2021 and 94 individuals on April 2021. We know there was no birth. we also know there is no immigration and emigration because the population is isolated. Which of the following is the best answer?

The monthly mortality rate was 0.06

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suppose X=500-Ns where Ns is the variable in the script. what is X Suppose you survey deer in national park ( all of the individuals in population is in the park ) and count how many individuals died in a given year. the total number of death is

not sufficient information to calculate a per-capita annual death rate

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which of the following is correct

individuals can start reproducing at age 4, and some individuals can live beyond age 5

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fertility rate for matrix population model is

the product of fecundity per parent and the survival rate of offspring

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lifecycle graph tells

number of stage/age classes and how individuals can be transition among them

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why does population density fluctuate over time ?

is it because vital rates are not constant

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which of the following is correct

x(1) = a11n1 + a12n2+a13n3

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