Ecology is defined as the study of interactions between living and nonliving components in a given area. This includes the study of population dynamics and carrying capacity. Carrying capacity is the number of organisms of a given species that an environment can support. A population that is at its carrying capacity is at equilibrium, meaning it will show no net growth. Populations that are small with ample resources will grow exponentially. The interactions between different populations can be illustrated through the use of a food web. Arrows within a food web indicate the direction of energy flow within the environment.
Lecture Discussion, Paired or Small Group Discussion, Demonstration, Field Trip, Resource People, Supervised Study