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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However, adding new models and equations to this primer would subvert its
purpose, which is to concisely explain the basic models encountered in
population and community ecology. In this second edition, I have added no new
material, but I ...
dents to mathematical approaches in ecology and population genetics. The
second was Theoretical Ecology, edited by R. M. May. May's overview chapters
provided a concise framework for Chapters 1,2,5, and 6 of this primer, which
you will see from the examples in this primer, the models often tell us more about
nature when their predictions do not match our field observations. The purpose of
this primer is to de-mystify the mathematical models used in ecology. Many 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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