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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Expression 1.5 Now we will focus on B and D. Because this is a continuous
differential equation, B and D now represent respectively the birth and death
rates, the number of births and deaths during a very short time interval. What
Consequently, the per capita birth and death rates, b and d, remained constant.
We did explore some models in which b and d fluctuated through time (
environmental stochasticity), but those fluctuations were density-independent; in
cohort A group of individuals in a population, all born at the same time, that are
followed until death. A cohort analysis allows us to directly measure the mortality
rates of different ages and to construct the l(x) schedule for the population.
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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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