## 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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When you work with state-space graphs, pay close attention to which species'

isocline you are

generates a horizontal right-pointing arrow. Under these circumstances, we know

that ...

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 1generates a horizontal right-pointing arrow. Under these circumstances, we know

that ...

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These included species whose breeding status had not been confirmed (6),

species that were represented by only 1 or 2 pairs in the

whose territories were larger than the area of the

species ...

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 specieswhose territories were larger than the area of the

**plot**(4). The remaining 11species ...

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To analyze the stability of this equilibrium, first

on a per capita basis as a function of N. As before,

a per capita basis means

To analyze the stability of this equilibrium, first

**plot**the two components of growthon a per capita basis as a function of N. As before,

**plotting**the growth term rN ona per capita basis means

**plotting**rN/N = r on the graph. You might be tempted ...### What people are saying - Write a review

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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