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Introduction to Populations

Author(s): Deanne Erdmann, MS

Populations

A population is a group of individuals of the same species living within a designated area at one time. The boundary of the population may be physical-such as a mountain range-or defined by a scientist for purposes of study.

Demography is the statistical study of populations. Three important aspects of population structure are: dispersion patterns or spacing, population density, and growth rate.