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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When you work with state-space graphs, pay close attention to which species'
isocline you are plotting. Any point to the left of the isocline for species 1
generates a horizontal right-pointing arrow. Under these circumstances, we know
These included species whose breeding status had not been confirmed (6),
species that were represented by only 1 or 2 pairs in the plot (9), and species
whose territories were larger than the area of the plot (4). The remaining 11
To analyze the stability of this equilibrium, first plot the two components of growth
on a per capita basis as a function of N. As before, plotting the growth term rN on
a per capita basis means plotting rN/N = r on the graph. You might be tempted ...
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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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