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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CONSTRUCTING THE TRANSITION MATRIX In order to get there, we now
introduce the centerpiece of this model: the transition matrix. This matrix is
equivalent to the Leslie matrix used to forecast population growth in Chapter 3.
sition probabilities for change from the current state (column) to the next state (
row). (We will explain the interpretation of these transitions in detail in just a bit.)
Thus, in our four-stage example, we have a transition matrix with 4 rows, 4
In this matrix, there is a 10% chance of a disturbance in each time step,
regardless of the initial state. ... This generates a transition matrix with identical
transition elements: Expression 8.11 In this model, each community neither
inhibits nor ...
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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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