## A Primer of EcologyA 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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In addition, there are many examples of

there is little, if any, habitat variation. Within patches of identical habitat,

may ...

In addition, there are many examples of

**species**- area relationships in whichthere is little, if any, habitat variation. Within patches of identical habitat,

**species****number**is still greater on large islands than small, suggesting that other forcesmay ...

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We expect /.is to increase with increasing S: the more species present on the

island, the greater the rate at which ... in species richness on an island: The

Setting ...

We expect /.is to increase with increasing S: the more species present on the

island, the greater the rate at which ... in species richness on an island: The

**number of species**on an island reaches an equilibrium when (dS/dt) equals zero.Setting ...

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P Figure 7.5 Equilibrium species number in the MacArthur-Wilson model. The

intersection of the immigration and extinction curves determines the equilibrium

turnover ...

P Figure 7.5 Equilibrium species number in the MacArthur-Wilson model. The

intersection of the immigration and extinction curves determines the equilibrium

**number of species**(S) and the turnover rate (T) at equilibrium. Note that theturnover ...

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User Review - dougb56586 - www.librarything.comThis 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

### Contents

Logistic Population Growth | 25 |

AgeStructured Population Growth | 49 |

MODEL PRESENTATION AND PREDICTIONS | 82 |

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age class Allee effect assumptions axis birth and death birth rate calculate carrying capacity Chapter coexist cohort colonization competition constant corals death rate decrease density density-dependent depend discrete dN/dt ecology Equation 1.2 equilibrium model equilibrium point Euler equation example exponential growth exponential growth model Expression extinction rate feeding rate Figure functional response grassland habitat immigration rate instantaneous rate intersection interspecific competition iteroparous K-selection Leslie matrix logistic growth Lotka-Volterra model MacArthur-Wilson model mathematical maximum metapopulation metapopulation models number of individuals number of species offspring passive sampling model patches pioneer species plot population cycles population growth rate population sizes predator and victim predator isocline predator population prey primer propagule rate of increase red grouse represents reproductive value rescue effect semelparous simple source pool species richness species-area relationship stage vector state-space graph survivorship curve tion transition matrix turnover ulation variance victim abundance victim isocline victim population zero