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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We now wish to describe the immigration and extinction functions in more detail.
The immigration rate depends on two factors. First is the probability of local
colonization, p,. If each site is colonized independently, this probability will
When immigration and extinction rates are equal, the number of species is at an
equilibrium. The concept is similar to the equilibrium N in a local population (
Chapter 2), and to the equilibrium fraction of sites occupied by a metapopulation
 I See immigration rate.  See maximum immigration rate.  IGP See
intraguild predation.  immigration Individuals entering a population from
another location. Immigration and birth are the two ways that populations can
increase in size.
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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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