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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Victim abundance Figure 6.7 Type I, Type II, and Type III functional responses.
This functional response can occur if predators switch to prey items that become
more common, if they develop a search image that increases capture efficiency
individual feeding as victim abundance increases. For the Type II response, the
proportion decreases steadily because each predator can only process prey at a
maximum rate k. The Type III response shows an initial increase because of the ...
If the predator population is limited by factors other than victim abundance, the
predator isocline bends to the right. No matter how large the victim population,
the predator population becomes limited when it reaches its own carrying
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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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