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2. One of the seminal works in ecology was written by the English clergyman Thomas Malthus. "An Essay on the

Principle of Population" talks about something called the "Malthusian trap", which Malthus used to argue that attempts to alleviate poverty were in essence futile. We're going to apply a systems approach to thinking about this.

b.) What does Malthus assume is the rate (food/person) at which food is supplied? (10 points)

c.) Given your answer in b.) draw (roughly) a conceptual model for the death rate as a function of population. (10 points)

d.) How would importing food change the shape of the death vs. population curve and the resulting equilibrium population? (10 points)

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