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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For example, the probability of moving from grassland (column) to the open state
(row) is 0.23, and the probability of moving from forest to grassland is 0.10. The
stage transitions are not necessarily symmetric. For example, although the ...
The first term in this multiplication says that, of the 250 patches in the open state,
15% will transform to grassland patches [(0.15)(250)]. We add to this the
contributions coming from shrubland patches [(0.25)(80)] and forest patches [(
However, the "climax" forest community is disturbed relatively infrequently, and
there is only a 1% chance of moving from the forest to the open state in each time
step. In the grassland and shrub patches, we have assumed that there is only a ...
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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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