Primer of Ecological Theory / Edition 1

Primer of Ecological Theory / Edition 1

by Joan Roughgarden, Roughgarden
     
 

Presents an overview of ecological modeling as it relates to current ecological theory. A Primer of Ecological Theory maintains its scientific objectivity while covering the full extent of current ecological modeling theory. The book introduces the use of computer technology to ecological modeling through MATLAB. This allows all work to be

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Presents an overview of ecological modeling as it relates to current ecological theory. A Primer of Ecological Theory maintains its scientific objectivity while covering the full extent of current ecological modeling theory. The book introduces the use of computer technology to ecological modeling through MATLAB. This allows all work to be verified and the skills transferred to other disciplines. A valuable resource book for ecologists, resource managers, and economists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780134420622
Publisher:
Benjamin Cummings
Publication date:
04/18/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Getting Comfortable Outdoors.

Equilibrium Body Temperature. Climate Space. Living at the Edge.

2. Time for a Byte of Food?

Searching Predator. Sit-and-Wait Predator.

3. The Sky's the Limit.

The Population Bomb. Keeping Track of the Years. Living Through Good Times and Bad. The Invading Wave.

4. Got'ta Stop Somewhere.

Measuring Abundance. Detecting Limits to Growth. The Logistic Model of Limits to Growth. Using the Logistic Model with Data. Comparing the Logistic Model to Other Models. The Logistic Weed. Ecological Stability. Ecological Chaos.

5. Ecology Evolving.

Genetic Variation. Natural Selection. Genetic Drift. Mutation and Recombination. Does Evolution Optimize? Natural Selection and Population Size. Natural Selection and Age. Hot Links to Other Evolutionary Topics.

6. Populations at Play.

Two-Species Lotka-Volterra Model of Competition. Three-Species Lotka-Volterra Competition. Resource-Based Competition Models. Predator-Prey Interaction. Host-Parasitoid Interaction. Host-Pathogen Interaction. Mutualism and Symbiosis.

7. Ecosystems at Work.

Biodiversity in Ecological Communities. Biogeochemical Function in Earth Systems.

Index.

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