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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Because r is an instantaneous rate, we can change its units by simple division.
For example, because there are 24 hours in a day, an r of 24 individuals /(
individual • day) is equivalent to an r of 1 individual /(individual • hour).
Substituting r ...
The resulting model was appropriate for "simple" organisms such as single-
celled bacteria or protozoa. But for most plants and animals, birth and death rates
depend on the age of an individual. For example, a newborn elephant cannot ...
Models with nonlinear isoclines have more complex stability properties that are
not easy to deduce from simple state-space graphs. Ecologists classify species
interactions according to their effects on population growth rate. Thus,
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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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