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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To the Student The most common question beginning ecology students ask me is
, "Why do we have to use so much mathematics to study ecology?" Many
students enroll in my ecology course expecting to hear about whales, global
Ecology 72: 329-340.  Abramsky, Z., O. Ovadia and M. L. Rosenzweig. 1994.
The shape of a Gerbillus pyra- midum (Rodentia: Gerbillinae) isocline: an
experimental field study. Oikos 69: 318-326.  Ackakaya, H. R. 1992. Population
Journal of Animal Ecology 18: 1-35.  Spear, R. W., M. B. Davis and L. C. K.
Shane. 1994. Late quaternary history of low- and mid-elevation vegetation in the
White Mountains of New Hampshire. Ecological Monographs 64: 85-109.
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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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