Carrying Capacity, Migration & Dispersion


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What usually happens in a natural population as it approaches its carrying capacity?

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1. What is dispersion?

2. What do biologists think the most common reason for migration is?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many factors that contribute to the growth or decline of populations. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your knowledge of these factors. The quiz will ask you questions about common reasons for migration and what happens as a natural population approaches its carrying capacity.

Quiz & Worsheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Definition of dispersion
  • A population's range
  • Dispersion patterns of an intraspecific competition

Skills Practiced

These assessments allow students to use the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information regarding what occurs when a natural population approaches its carrying capacity
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as dispersion
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding reasons for migration
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a population's range

Additional Learning

Learn more about factors that affect populations by reviewing the accompanying lesson, Carrying Capacity, Migration & Dispersion. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define intraspecific competition
  • Review examples of migration
  • Understand the meaning of logistic population growth