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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This nonlinear isocline reflects the effects of competition and habitat selection.
The thin lines divide the state space into regions based on habitat use. Region I:
Both species use the preferred habitat, semistabilized dune. Region II: G. allenbyi
THE HABITAT DIVERSITY HYPOTHESIS The most straightforward explanation
for the species-area relationship is that large islands contain more habitat types
than small islands. Therefore, species that are restricted to certain habitat types ...
These islands include many unique habitat types, such as extensive swampland
(Cuba) and high-elevation pine forest (Hispaniola), that do not occur on any of
the smaller islands. Habitat specialists such as the Zapata wren of Cuba (
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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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