POPULATION DISTRIBUTION DEFINITION:
population distribution deals with how the individuals in a population are located relative to one another across the environment.
- some populations have clumped distributions, with multiple, similar sized groupings of individuals spread fairly evenly across the landscape.
- Other populations have a random distribution, with some clumping and some more even spreading of individuals
- still other populations have an even distribution, with no clumping whatsoever.
- populations with different distributions respond differently to both density-dependent and density-independent factors.
- at any rate, it is obvious that a population with a clumped distribution is likely to have different characteristics than a population with an even or random distribution.