## A Primer of EcologyWith the aim of teaching students the essential models in population and community ecology, this book explains in detail the basic concepts of exponential and logistic population growth, age-structured demography, metapopulation dynamics, competition, predation and island biogeography. |

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These four factors can be incorporated into a mathematical

population growth. In this

number of deaths, I is the number of new immigrants entering the population, and

E is ...

These four factors can be incorporated into a mathematical

**expression**forpopulation growth. In this

**expression**, B represents the number of births, D is thenumber of deaths, I is the number of new immigrants entering the population, and

E is ...

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of crowding on birth and death rates. In real populations, the functions may be

more complex. For example, b and d may not decline in a linear fashion; instead,

...

**Expressions**2.2 and 2.3 are the simplest mathematical descriptions of the effectsof crowding on birth and death rates. In real populations, the functions may be

more complex. For example, b and d may not decline in a linear fashion; instead,

...

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The total amount of time that a predator spends feeding (t) is the time spent

searching for the prey (ts), plus the time spent “handling" or consuming the prey (

th): =ts + th

and ...

The total amount of time that a predator spends feeding (t) is the time spent

searching for the prey (ts), plus the time spent “handling" or consuming the prey (

th): =ts + th

**Expression**6.11 If we let n equal the number of prey captured in time tand ...

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### Contents

Logistic Population Growth | 27 |

AgeStructured Population Growth | 56 |

Metapopulation Dynamics | 91 |

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abundance age class age structure Allee effect allenbyi ascidian assumptions axis birth and death birth rate calculate carrying capacity Chapter coexistence colonization competition competitors constant death rate decrease density-dependent depends ecology environmental stochasticity Euler equation example exponential growth Expression extinction rate Figure fluctuations functional response go extinct habitat immigration rate interspecific competition isocline of species iteroparous K-selection large islands Leslie matrix life-table logistic growth logistic model Lotka–Volterra model MacArthur—Wilson model mathematical maximum metapopulation metapopulation models number of individuals number of species Number of victims offspring oligochaetes parasite passive sampling model patches persist population cycles population density population growth rate population sizes predator and victim predator isocline predator population primer propagule pyramidum rate of increase red grouse represents reproductive value rescue effect schedule simple source pool species richness species—area relationship state-space graph survivorship survivorship curve tion turnover ulation victim density victim isocline victim population zero