Applied Demography for Biologists: With Special Emphasis on Insects / Edition 1

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This is the first book to comprehensively apply the fundamental tools and concepts of demography to a nonhuman species. It provides clear and concise treatment of standard demographic techniques such as life table analysis and population projection; introduces models that have seldom appeared outside of the demographic literature including the multiple decrement life table, the intrinsic sex ratio, and multiregional demography; and addresses demographic problems that are unique to nonhuman organisms such as the demographic theory of social insects and harvesting techniques applied to insect mass rearing. The book also contains a synthesis of fundamental properties of population such as momentum and convergence to the stable age distribution, with a section on the unity of demographic models, and appendices detailing analytical methods used to quantify and model the data gathered in a ground-breaking study on the mortality experience of 1.2 million medflies. Based on an insect demography course at the University of California, Davis, the book is intended for practicing entomologists, population biologists, and ecologists for use in research or as a graduate text.

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"Provides an analytical and conceptual foundation for demographic aspects of biological and ecological research. Carey cites his own findings as an entomologist to provide continuity and real life examples, but the principles are applicable to any branch of science." —SciTech Book News

"Applicable to any population of organisms. . . . very readable." —Choice

"The author states that he wrote this book because 'biologists needed a stand-alone book on demography that went beyond the standard life table.' This short book (6 chapters) does exactly that....The most notable feature of this book, and the characteristic which makes it a must for any class in demography or population ecology, is the wealth of detailed, carefully presented examples....The effort put into integrating demography with evolution and behavior has resulted in an excellent presentation....This book is appropriate for advanced undergraduates and has sufficient depth for most graduate courses. It should be in every library and on the shelf of anyone teaching demographics."—Environmental Entomology

Provides an analytical and conceptual foundation for demographic aspects of biological and ecological research. Carey cites his own findings as an entomologist to provide continuity and real- life examples, but the principles are applicable to any branch of science. The main themes reflect the topics most often calling for demographic techniques in graduate biological research: birth, death, and population. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195066876
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

James R. Carey is Professor of Entomology at the University of California, Davis and member of the Graduate Group in Demography at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Carey is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading expert in arthropod demography and has authored nearly 50 publications in this area including papers in Science, Theoretical Population Biology, Occologia, Journal of Animal Ecology and numerous entomology journals. He is Principle Investigator of a 4-year study funded by the National Institute of Aging to gather and analyze data for the largest life table ever constructed for a non-human organism.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1. Formalization
1.2. Elementary Characteristics of Populations
2. Life Tables
2.1. General Concepts
2.2. The Single Decrement Life Tables
2.3. The Abridged Life Table
2.4. The Multiple Decrement Life Table
2.5. Selected Properties of Model Life Tables
3. Reproduction
3.1. General Background
3.2. Per Capita Reproductive Rates
3.3. Reproductive Heterogeneity
3.4. Generalizations
4. Population I. Basic Concepts and Models
4.1. Background
4.2. The Stable Population Model
4.3. Population Projection
4.4. Fundamental Properties of Populations
5. Population II. Extensions of Stable Theory
5.1. Two-Sex Models
5.2. Stochastic Demography
5.3. Multiregional Demography
5.4. Demographic Theory of Social Insects: The Honeybee
5.5. The Unity of Demographic Population Models
6. Demographic Applications
6.1. Estimation
6.2. Curve Fitting
6.3. Mass Rearing: Basic Harvesting Concepts
6.4. Parasitoid Mass Rearing
6.5. Pros and Cons of Demographic Modeling

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