Population Ecology: A Unified Study of Animals and Plants

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Wiley, Apr 11, 1996 - Nature - 247 pages
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Single-species populations; Describing populations; Population processes; The diagrammatic life table; Conventional life tables; Some generalizations; The modular growth of organisms; Buried seed banks; Intraspecific competition; The nature of intraspecific competition; Three characteristics of intraspecific competition; Density-dependence: a fourth competition; Scramble and contest; Actual effects of intraspecific competition; Negative competition; Models of single-species populations; Populations breeding at discret intervals; Continuous breeding; The utility of the equations; Incorporation of age-specific fecundity and mortality; Interspecific interactions; Interspecific competion; The nature of interspecific interactions; Interspecific competition; A field example: granivorous ants; Competition between plant species: experimental approaches; The ecological niche; The competitive exclusion principle; Competitive exclusion in the field; Competitive release; Coexistence: resource partitioning; Character displacement; Competition: its avoidance or its non-existence? Competition and coexistence in plants; A logistic model of two-species competition; Analysis of competition in plants; Niche overlap; Competition and heterogeneity; Predation; Patterns of abundance; Coevolution, and specialization amongst predators; Time and timing; Effects on prey fitness; The effects of predation-rate on predator fitness; The functional response of predators to prey availability; Aggregated effects; Mutual interference amongst predators; Interference and pseudo-interference; Optimal foraging; Mathematical models; Patterns of abundance reconsidered; Harvesting; Synthesis; Population regulation; Nicholson's view; Andrewartha and birch's view; An example: thrips imaginis; Some general conclusions; A life-table analysis of a Colorado beetle populations; The problem re-emerges; Population regulation in plants; Genetic change; Territoriality; Space capture in plants; Chaos in ecological systems; Beyond population ecology; Metapopulation dynamics; Community structure.

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About the author (1996)

Colin R. Townsend is the Director of the Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity Research Group at the University of Otago. He has published over 150 ecology papers and books, including the best-selling and award-winning "Ecology," 4th Edition, with co-authors Michael Begon and John L. Harper. He is also co-editor of the international journal "Freshwater Biology."

Michael Begon is Professor of Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. He has authored several books in addition to Ecology and around 150 research articles. His current research interests are focused on the population ecology of pathogens in wildlife populations.

John L. Harper is an award-winning biologist and a leading figure in plant population biology. He has served as a council member of the Fellowship of the Royal Society and received the Darwin Arward in 1990. He is also the author of "Population Biology of Plants" and a co-author of "Ecology,

Mortimer, Department of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, University of Liverpool, UK.

57-year-old Canadian, divorced twice but I have three adult children, who I love deeply. I also have 2 sweet granddaughters, one 6, the other new 2. I come from a family of eight, four girls, two boys. My father was a World War Two veteran. He passed away about 15 years ago. My mother, who is 86, is constantly on the go. Most of my siblings are A type personalities. Ambition in me did not show up until a few years ago when I finally began writing this book. It had been rattling around inside my head for a 28 years, in various forms. I have always liked writing ever since public school. I mine a disability pension at the moment due to epilepsy and bipolar mood disorder. I surprised myself by actually finishing this first novel.

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