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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Writing this as a continuous differential equation, we have: Population growth
rate = dN / dt Expression A.4 Here, dN means the change in population size
measured over a very short interval dt. Graphically, dN/dt turns out to be the slope
of our ...
Thus, our new model of population growth is: dN/dt = rN-c Equation A.1 There are
other ways we could describe the emigration process. For example, suppose a
certain fraction of the population departs as emigrants at a constant rate. Let the ...
THE INTEGRAL: PROJECTING POPULATION GROWTH Let us review what we
have done up to this point. First, we modeled population growth by describing
mathematically the components that determine the population growth rate (dN/dt)
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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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