A Primer of Ecology
With 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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(d) "Large" r generates a chaotic pattern of fluctuations that appears random (r =
2.8). Population biologists were among the first to appreciate that simple discrete
equations may generate complex patterns (May 1974b). What is interesting ...
The pattern of population fluctuations also depends on r (Levins 1969).
Populations with large rare very sensitive to changes in K, and they will tend to
track these fluctuations quite closely. Consequently, the average population size
will be ...
Note that the population with the larger growth rate (r = 0.50) tracks the
fluctuations in carrying capacity, whereas the population with the small growth
rate (r = 0.10) is less variable and does not respond as quickly to fluctuations in
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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
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