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Stability and Complexity in Model Ecosystems : Princeton Landmarks in Biology - Robert M. May

Stability and Complexity in Model Ecosystems

Princeton Landmarks in Biology

Paperback Published: 18th March 2001
ISBN: 9780691088617
Number Of Pages: 304

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What makes populations stabilize? What makes them fluctuate? Are populations in complex ecosystems more stable than populations in simple ecosystems? In 1973, Robert May addressed these questions in this classic book. May investigated the mathematical roots of population dynamics and argued-counter to most current biological thinking-that complex ecosystems in themselves do not lead to population stability. "Stability and Complexity in Model Ecosystems" played a key role in introducing nonlinear mathematical models and the study of deterministic chaos into ecology, a role chronicled in James Gleick's book "Chaos." In the quarter century since its first publication, the book's message has grown in power. Nonlinear models are now at the center of ecological thinking, and current threats to biodiversity have made questions about the role of ecosystem complexity more crucial than ever. In a new introduction, the author addresses some of the changes that have swept biology and the biological world since the book's first publication.

"May's Stability and Complexity in Model Ecosystems was undoubtedly the most influential treatise in theoretical ecology since the pioneering efforts of Volterra and Lotka. It transformed the subject by brokering a marriage between theory and fact that had been - and is still too often - missing in theoretical ecology. It is no coincidence that the full integration of theory into ecology has occurred since the original appearance of this landmark book. May's new Introduction wonderfully places events in perspective." - Simon Levin, Princeton University"

Prefacep. vii
Preface to the Second Edition Biology Edition
Intoductionp. 3
Mathematical Models and Stabilityp. 13
Stability versus Complexity in Multispecies Models
Models with Few Species: Limit Cycles and Time Delaysp. 79
Randomly Fluctuating Environmentsp. 109
Niche Overlap and Limiting Similarityp. 139
Speculationsp. 172
Appendicesp. 187
Afterthoughts for the Second Editionp. 211
Bibliography to Afterthoghtsp. 234
Bibliographyp. 241
Author Indexp. 259
Subject Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780691088617
ISBN-10: 0691088616
Series: Princeton Landmarks in Biology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 18th March 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 13.95  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised