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 units of Ro are numbers of offspring. The net reproductive rate represents the
reproductive potential of a female during her entire lifetime, adjusted for the
mortality schedule. Suppose that there was no mortality in the population until ...
Selection will favor any life history schedule that maximizes an individual's
contribution of offspring to the next generation. Thus, the "perfect" life history
schedule would be one with maximum survivorship and maximum fertility in all
ber of offspring produced. The life history traits of an organism may reflect a long
evolutionary heritage, and may not represent the best "solution" to the problem of
maximizing fitness in the organism's current environment. One popular body of ...
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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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