Ecology of Populations

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 6, 2005 - Nature
The theme of the book is the distribution and abundance of organisms in space and time. The core of the book lies in how local births and deaths are tied to emigration and immigration processes, and how environmental variability at different scales affects population dynamics with stochastic processes and spatial structure and shows how elementary analytical tools can be used to understand population fluctuations, synchrony, processes underlying range distributions and community structure and species coexistence. The book also shows how spatial population dynamics models can be used to understand life history evolution and aspects of evolutionary game theory. Although primarily based on analytical and numerical analyses of spatial population processes, data from several study systems are also dealt with.
 

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Contents

Population renewal
9
the first step
16
Population dynamics in space the first step
39
Asymmetrical dispersal
57
Summary
65
Synchronicity
84
Orderdisorder in space and time
98
Biodiversity and community structure
152
Habitat loss
181
Population harvesting and management
213
Resource matching
237
Spatial games
267
Evolutionary population dynamics
300
Epilogue
333
Index
368
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About the author (2005)

Esa Ranta is Professor in Animal Ecology at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Per Lundberg is Professor in Theoretical Ecology at the University of Lund, Sweden.

Veijo Kaitala is Professor in Population Biology at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

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