## 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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For now, we assume that these populations are independent of one another —

the chance of extinction in one

of populations in other

probability ...

For now, we assume that these populations are independent of one another —

the chance of extinction in one

**patch**is not affected by the presence or absenceof populations in other

**patches**. For this pair of populations, what is theprobability ...

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only one, of the specified stages (mutually exclusive), and the stages must

include all of the possibilities for a

TIME STEP Once the stages are established, the investigator must specify the

time step ...

only one, of the specified stages (mutually exclusive), and the stages must

include all of the possibilities for a

**patch**(all-encompassing). SPECIFYING THETIME STEP Once the stages are established, the investigator must specify the

time step ...

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The first term in this multiplication says that, of the 250

15% will transform to grassland

contributions coming from shrubland

0.10)(70)].

The first term in this multiplication says that, of the 250

**patches**in the open state,15% will transform to grassland

**patches**[(0.15)(250)]. We add to this thecontributions coming from shrubland

**patches**[(0.25)(80)] and forest**patches**[(0.10)(70)].

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### 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