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Population Growth and Reproductive Strategies

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Identify the two most extreme types of reproductive strategies and make a distinction between the traits that would characterize these extremes. Give an example of an organism that illustrates each strategy.

Identify the major problems anticipated with the increase in the human population in the 21st century and explain why it is difficult to accurately predict the carrying capacity for humans.

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The two basic reproductive strategies are r-selection and K-selection.

Organisms that use the r-selection strategy have a large number of offspring, but don't put much energy into caring for them after they reproduce. This strategy is associated with living in an unstable environment, having a small size, having a short generation time, and ...