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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The area of an island is not the only factor that affects species richness. Figure
7.2 shows the effects of distance on species richness for birds of the Bismarck
Islands in the tropical Pacific. New Guinea serves as the probable "source pool"
This type of community structure may be fairly typical — one set of species with
stable, persistent populations, and a second set of species with ... They used
these data to predict island species richness with the passive sampling model.
Remember that nj in this expression is the total abundance of each species,
which we obtain by summing the rows of the data matrix: From Equation 7.6, the
expected species richness on Island 1 is: E(Si ) = 0.867 + 0.489 + 0.999 + 0.982
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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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