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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An individual in age class i is between the ages of i - 1 and i (Figure 3.1). For
example, an individual in the third age class is between the ages of 2 and 3.
Similarly, a newborn is of age 0, but is in the first age class. If the ages in the
Classic examples of species thought to have evolved under the different regimes
include mosquitoes and weeds (r-selected), and humans and whales (K-selected
). In spite of its popularity in textbooks, the theory of r- and K-selection is beset ...
Thus, in our four-stage example, we have a transition matrix with 4 rows, 4
columns, and 16 entries. Here is a typical matrix that we could have: Expression
8.2 The entries in the matrix tell us the probability p,y of moving from stage in time
step t ...
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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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