A Primer of Ecology
A Primer of Ecology presents a concise but detailed exposition of the most common mathematical models in population and community ecology. It is intended to demystify ecological models and the mathematics behind them by deriving the models from first principles. The Primer explains in detail basic concepts of exponential and logistic population growth, age-structured demography, metapopulation dynamics, competition, predation, island biogeography, and, in a chapter new to this edition, succession. The book may be used as a self-teaching tutorial by students, as a primary textbook, or as a supplemental text to a general ecology textbook.
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Model Assumptions What are the assumptions of Equation 1.1? In other words,
what is the underlying biology of a population that is growing exponentially? This
is a critical question that must be asked for any mathematical model we construct.
By changing some of our assumptions about colonization and extinction
processes, we can generate new metapopulation models that make different
predictions about the fraction of sites occupied at equilibrium (f). Before exploring
 robust A model is robust if we can violate some of its assumptions and find that
its predictions still hold up. Whether they are stated explicitly or not, all models,
even verbal ones, imply a list of underlying assumptions. In some cases, the ...
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This is a very good introduction to the mathematical models used in population dynamics. The author begins with a simple exponential model of population growth, gradually extends the model to account ... Read full review
Logistic Population Growth
AgeStructured Population Growth
MODEL PRESENTATION AND PREDICTIONS
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