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An Introduction to Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution. Time and Space. Edition No. 2. Ecological Methods and Concepts

  • ID: 2182155
  • Book
  • March 2009
  • 168 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Students often find it difficult to grasp fundamental ecological and evolutionary concepts because of their inherently mathematical nature. Likewise, the application of ecological and evolutionary theory often requires a high degree of mathematical competence.

This book is a first step to addressing these difficulties, providing a broad introduction to the key methods and underlying concepts of mathematical models in ecology and evolution. The book is intended to serve the needs of undergraduate and postgraduate ecology and evolution students who need to access the mathematical and statistical modelling literature essential to their subjects.

The book assumes minimal mathematics and statistics knowledge whilst covering a wide variety of methods, many of which are at the fore-front of ecological and evolutionary research. The book also highlights the applications of modelling to practical problems such as sustainable harvesting and biological control.

Key features:

  • Written clearly and succinctly, requiring minimal in-depth knowledge of mathematics
  • Introduces students to the use of computer models in both fields of ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Market - senior undergraduate students and beginning postgraduates in ecology and evolutionary biology
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Preface vi

1 Introduction 1

2 Simple models of temporal change 21

3 Stochastic models 44

4 Modelling structured populations 60

5 Regulation in temporal models 72

6 Modelling interactions 96

7 Community models 122

8 Spatial models 135

References 149

Index 157

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Mike Gillman The Open University.
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