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 first observation was that the species that showed up immediately following a
disturbance were often very different from the species that would show up later in
time. These pioneer species have life history traits that allow them to thrive in ...
Because of changing environmental conditions and competitive interactions,
pioneer species eventually disappear and are replaced by a second set of
species. These species also alter the environment and pave the way for
additional groups ...
 passive sampling model A statistical model for the species-area relationship
that does not invoke habitat diversity or extinction on small islands. ...  pioneer
species The initital species to appear in an environment after a disturbance.
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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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