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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We can understand these equations much better by using the state-space graph,
a special kind of plot. In the state-space graph, the x axis represents the
abundance of species 1, and the y axis represents the abundance of species 2.
The arrow is horizontal because the abundance of species 1 is represented on
the x axis. When you work with state-space graphs, pay close attention to which
species' isocline you are plotting. Any point to the left of the isocline for species 1
The x axis of this graph gives the distance from each island to New Guinea. The y
axis shows the observed number of species divided by the number expected for
a "near" island (< 500 km from New Guinea) of comparable area. You can see ...
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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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