Animal Population Ecology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122095504, 9780323160841

Animal Population Ecology

1st Edition

Authors: J Dempster
eBook ISBN: 9780323160841
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1975
Page Count: 166
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Animal Population Ecology focuses on the interaction between the various factors that affect an animal population. Population ecology is the study of the factors that determine the abundance of species and is concerned with the identification and mode of action of those environmental factors that cause fluctuations in population size and of those which determine the extent of these fluctuations.

Organized into 11 chapters, the book initially examines some of the basic ideas about animal populations and defines many of the terms used by population ecologists. Then, it describes the action of the most important factors affecting population size. The interaction between these factors is demonstrated in chapters 8 and 9, wherein the results from studies of a few selected species are presented in detail. Finally, chapters 10 and 11 cover the development of generalized theories of population dynamics and their application to practical problems.
With a strong focus on intensive study of animal populations in the field, rather than elaborate theories, the book will be helpful to population ecologists, animal researchers, teachers, and students.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements

  1. Introduction
  2. Some Basic Concepts
    I. Rates of Population Growth II. Birth-rates and Death-rates A. Effects of Age B. Effects of Density III. Dispersal IV. Natural Control V. Animal Life Tables A. Time-specific Life Tables B. Age-specific Life Tables
  3. Resources I. Intra-specific Competition
    II. Inter-specific Competition
    III. Under Population
  4. Social Behaviour
    I. Territorial Behaviour
    II. Social Hierarchies
  5. Qualitative Changes in Individuals
    I. "Phase" Changes in Insects II. Genetic Changes
  6. Natural Enemies
    I. Disease II. Predators and Insect Parasites A. Behavioural Responses B. Intergeneration Responses C. The Overall Effect
  7. Weather I. Effects on Survival
    II. Effects on Reproduction
    III. Effects on Habitats IV. Overall Effects
  8. Detailed Population Studies
    I. The Cinnabar Moth
    II. The Pine Looper
    III. The Broom Beetle IV. The Edible Cockle V. The Wood Pigeon VI. The Tawny Owl
    VII. Conclusions
  9. Population Cycles
    I. The Larch Tortrix
    II. The Red Grouse II. The Rock Ptarmigan
    IV. Conclusions
  10. Population Theories
    I. Nicholson's Theory II. Andrewartha and Birch's Theory
    III. Milne's Theory
    IV. Other Theories
    V. Conclusions
  11. Applications of Population Ecology I. Pest Species A. Chemical Pest Control B. Biological Control of Pests II Predation by Man A. Fish Populations B. Marine Mammal Populations III. Nature Conservation IV. Man References Subject Index


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