Computer simulations are a powerful tool for understanding ecological and evolutionary systems. Simulating Ecological and Evolutionary Systems in C models a diverse range of biological processes and systems, including competition, foraging, predation, mating systems, and life-history optimization, by simulating large collections of interacting individuals. Using the programming language C, the book starts with elementary programs modeling stochastic birth-death processes, with programming complexity increasing as the chapters progress. Wilson covers all the important features of C: arrays, files, pointers, and structures, within biologically motivated simulations. Although computer simulations of extremely complicated biological processes are released from rigid mathematical constraints, he places each of the simulations in the context of a mathematical formulation examined either analytically or numerically.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.67(d)|
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. Immigration-emigration models; 3. Logistic birth-death models; 4. Random numbers and visualisation; 5. Two-species competition model; 6. A programming project; 7. Foraging model; 8. Maintenance of Gynodioecy; 9. Diffusion and reactions; 10. Optimal allocation schedules; Index.