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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The logistic equation (Equation 2.1) is a model of intraspecific competition
because the per capita growth rate diminishes as the population becomes more
crowded. Interspecific competition is competition between individuals of two or
Thus, a is a measure of the relative importance per individual of interspecific and
intraspecific competition. If a > 1, the per capita effect of interspecific competition
is greater than the per capita effect of intraspecific competition. If a < 1, the ...
135-140 Generation time (G), 57, 236-237 Genetic drift, 17 Gerbils (Gerbillus
allenbyi, G. pyramidum), competition ... coefficient, 116 Interference competition,
100, 238 Internal colonization, 88-90, 91, 238 Interspecific competition, 101, 238.
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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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