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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Animal ecologists distinguish between semelparous and iteroparous
reproduction. Plant ecologists use the equivalent terms monocarpic and
polycarpic. In semelparous (monocarpic), or "big bang" reproduction, an
organism reproduces only ...
For example, the theory predicts that iteroparity evolves when organisms face
resource competition and must devote more of their energy to growth and
maintenance than to reproduction. But iteroparity could also evolve as a "bet-
Populations that experienced chronic high densities were labeled K-selected,
and evolution was thought to favor late, iteroparous reproduction, small r, few
offspring with good survivorship, a Type I survivorship curve, and large adult
body 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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