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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Animal ecologists distinguish between semelparous and iteroparous
reproduction. Plant ecologists use the equivalent terms monocarpic and
polycarpic. In semelparous (monocarpic), or "big bang" reproduction, an
organism reproduces only ...
Populations that were permanently maintained at low density (presumably
because of external forces of mortality or disturbance) were labeled r-selected,
and evolution was thought to favor early, semelparous reproduction, large r,
 semelparous Semelparous or "big bang" reproduction is a life history strategy
in which all reproduction is concentrated in a single age. The fecundity schedule
for a semelparous organism would have zeroes for all ages except the single ...
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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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