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An Illustrated Guide to Theoretical Ecology - Ted J. Case

An Illustrated Guide to Theoretical Ecology

Paperback Published: 1st November 1999
ISBN: 9780195085129
Number Of Pages: 464

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An Illustrated Guide to Theoretical Ecology uses a combination of visual presentations and the symbolic logic of algebra and calculus to provide the most accessible introduction to ecological theory available. It gives students the basic tools they need to understand the complexities of ecological systems and to analyze simple quantitative ecological problems. The author walks students through the most common models in ecology, beginning with first principles and then gently making each formulation accessible through a step-by-step development of equations paired with lavish illustrations. He also applies theoretical developments to practical issues in conservation and resource management, offering a more visceral understanding of the purpose and utility of the theory and demonstrating how it may need modification in its application to real-world problems and future directions. The text also includes some basic ecological genetics and an exploration of metapopulation dynamics.
An Illustrated Guide to Theoretical Ecology is enhanced by over 500 two-color diagrams, many end-of-chapter problems, and a website that includes simulation models that parallel each chapters development (http: //www.nceas.ucsb.edu/BookCase). Ideal as a main text for advanced undergraduate courses in theoretical and mathematical ecology or conservation biology, this unique book can also serve as a supplement or a self-guided tutorial in general ecology, population ecology, and community ecology courses.

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"Really an excellent text; it supplies a thorough, biology-based introduction to ecological theory. I expect it will prove very useful for my course in population ecology for natural resource management students. The authors' explicit use of multiple modes of learning is refreshing."--Mark C. Andersen, New Mexico State University "A terrific resource. It is all the basic mathematical underpinnings of ecology that I spend hours trying to explain to students at all levels--explained better than I do it--PLUS the things that I have to review myself before opening my mouth on theoretical issues. Two levels of excellent diagrams give rigourous heuristic justifications for the algebraic formalism. I'm also recommending this highly to my colleagues as a supplement for all undergraduate coursees that even touch on theory, and as a main text for any heavily theoretical course."--Henry S. Horn, Princeton University "For many students of ecology, the more mathematical aspects of ecology theory are difficult, if not impossible, to penetrate. This book offers the best effort that I have seen to help remedy this situation. This is an attractive, large format book and, as the title suggests, is generously furnished with illustrations. The real strength is in the meticulous care with which Case covers virtually every important topic across a broad array of theoretical ecology, from single species to multispecies communities. The elements of demography are covered in great detail, but, at the same time, more advanced ideas, such as the effects of temporal and individual variability on population growth rate and probability of extinction, are woven into the text in a way that make them just as natural and easy to grasp." -- Donald DeAngelis, BioScience, Sept 2000, Vol. 50, No. 9

1c Preface PART I: Population Ecology 1: Exponential and Geometric Population Growth 2: Spatial, Temporal, and Individual Variation in Birth and Death Rates 3: Population Growth with Age or Stage Structure 4: Demographic Relationships 5: Density-Dependent Population Growth 6: Population Regulation, Limiting Factors, and Temporal Variability 7: Life History Trade-Offs 8: Reproductive Value and the Evolutionary Theory of Aging 9: Density-Dependent Selection on Life History Traits PART II: Species Interactions and Community Ecology 10: Exploited Resources 11: The Mechanics of Predation 12: Predator-Prey Systems: Predator Dynamics and Effects on Prey 13: Stability of Predator-Prey Systems: Analytical Methods (Advanced) 14: Competitors 15: Multi-species Communities 16: Space, Islands, and Metapopulations PART III: Appendices Appendix 1: PREPARATION, PART 1: Visualizing Equations PREPARATION, PART 2: Terms and Methods of Model Building in Population Biology Appendix 2: Some Matrix Operations Appendix 3: Solving for Equilibrium Points in Dynamical Systems, the Inverse of a Square Matrix, and Some Useful Facts from Linear Algebra Appendix 4: Some Useful Mathematical Identities and Approximations Appendix 5: Calculus Appendix 6: Functions of Random Variables Literature Cited Index

ISBN: 9780195085129
ISBN-10: 0195085124
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st November 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.64 x 21.29  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 1.05