boom and crash - population growth pattern in which cycles of exponential growth are followed by dramatic crashes.
carrying capacity - the number of individuals a given area can support.
community - two or more populations of different interacting populations which occupy the same geographical area.
ecosystem - a community of organisms interacting with a particular environment.
exponential growth - growth of a population without any constraints; therefore, the population will grow at an ever-increasing rate.
invasive herbivore - non-native plant-eating animal.
J curve - a graph representing exponential population growth.
native herbivore - indigenous animal which feeds on plants.
population - a group of interbreeding individuals of the same species often occupying the same geographical area.
population crash - a dramatic decrease in population size due to disease, predation, loss of resources, pollution, or other cause.
predator - an animal that captures and eats other animals.
producer - an organism, such as a plant or alga, which produces the organic sugar compounds from carbon dioxide by photosynthesis and is a source of food for other organisms.
reproductive rate - in a population, the number of new organisms produced compared with the number of deaths
- a graph representing exponential population growth followed by a gradual
leveling off of the population size.