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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... account for the chance that an occupied patch could undergo an extinction and
a recoloniza- tion (Ray et al. 1991). However, the correction term is small, and it
is simpler to use the continuous differential equation and to interpret p, and pe ...
Empirical Examples THE CHECKERSPOT BUTTERFLY Populations of the bay
checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis) occur in discrete patches that
seem to be organized into a large metapopula- tion. The butterfly is somewhat of
Because each subpopula- tion of C. melanocephalus behaved similarly, the risk
of extinction was high. Because each subpopulation of P. versicolor behaved
differently, the metapop- ulation structure effectively spread the risk of extinction.
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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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