Theoretical Ecology: Principles and Applications / Edition 3

Theoretical Ecology: Principles and Applications / Edition 3

by Robert May, Angela McLean
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199209995

ISBN-13: 9780199209996

Pub. Date: 04/12/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Robert May's seminal book has played a central role in the development of ecological science. Originally published in 1976, this influential text has overseen the transition of ecology from an observational and descriptive subject to one with a solid conceptual core. Indeed, it is a testament to its influence that a great deal of the novel material presented in the

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Robert May's seminal book has played a central role in the development of ecological science. Originally published in 1976, this influential text has overseen the transition of ecology from an observational and descriptive subject to one with a solid conceptual core. Indeed, it is a testament to its influence that a great deal of the novel material presented in the earlier editions has now been incorporated into standard undergraduate textbooks. It is now a quarter of a century since the publication of the second edition, and a thorough revision is timely.

Theoretical Ecology provides a succinct, up-to-date overview of the field set in the context of applications, thereby bridging the traditional division of theory and practice. It describes the recent advances in our understanding of how interacting populations of plants and animals change over time and space, in response to natural or human-created disturbance. In an integrated way, initial chapters give an account of the basic principles governing the structure, function, and temporal and spatial dynamics of populations and communities of plants and animals. Later chapters outline applications of these ideas to practical issues including fisheries, infectious diseases, tomorrow's food supplies, climate change, and conservation biology. Throughout the book, emphasis is placed on questions which as yet remain unanswered.

The editors have invited the top scientists in the field to collaborate with the next generation of theoretical ecologists. The result is an accessible, advanced textbook suitable for senior undergraduate and graduate level students as well as researchers in the fields of ecology, mathematical biology, environmental and resources management. It will also be of interest to the general reader seeking a better understanding of a range of global environmental problems.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199209996
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/12/2007
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Angela R McLean and Robert M May
2. How Populations Cohere: Five Rules for Cooperation, Martin A Nowak and Karl Sigmund
3. Single Populations: Dynamics, Tim Coulson and H Charles J Godfray
4. Metapopulations and Their Spatial Dynamics, Sean Nee
5. Predator Prey Interactions, Michael B Bonsall and Michael P Hassell
6. Plant Populations and their Interactions with Herbivores, Michael J Crawley
7. Interspecific Competition and Multispecies Coexistence, David Tilman
8. Community Dynamics, Anthony R Ives
9. Community Patterns, George Sugihara, Michael J Crawley, and Robert M May
10. Infectious Diseases, Bryan Grenfell and Matthew Keeling
11. Fisheries, John R Beddington and Geoffrey P Kirkwood
12. The Doubly Green Revolution, Gordon Conway
13. Conservation Biology, Andy Dobson, Will Turner and David Wilcove
14. Climate Change and Conservation, Jeremy T Kerr and Heather Kharouba
15. Unanswered Questions and why they Matter, Robert M May

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