Chaos in Ecology

Chaos in Ecology

Experimental Nonlinear Dynamics

1st Edition - October 15, 2002

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  • Authors: J. M. Cushing, Robert Costantino, Brian Dennis, Robert Desharnais, Shandelle Henson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080528878
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780121988760

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It is impossible to predict the exact behavior of all biological systems and how these same systems are exemplified by patterns of complexity and regularity. Decades of research in ecology have documented how these sorts of patterns are the consequences of deceptively simple rules that determine the nature of the patterns created. Chaos in Ecology will explain how simple beginnings result in complicated results. Chaos in Ecology is the inaugural volume of Theoretical Ecology Series. The authors of this volume have employed data from a proven model system in population dynamics. As a result, this book will be of interest to anyone interested in the ecology of populations.

Key Features

  • It is impossible to predict the exact behavior of almost all biological systems and yet these same systems are exemplified by patterns of complexity and regularity. Decades of research in ecology have documented that these sorts of patterns are the consequence of deceptively simple rules that determine the nature of the patterns created. In essence, simple beginnings result in complicated results
  • This realization is captured in the mathematical notion of "chaos" and is rendered intuitive by the oft-repeated metaphor: "A butterfly beats its wings in China and causing a thunderstorm in the Midwest." Thus, seemingly trivial initial conditions (e.g. a butterfly in China) cascade through a series of intermediate events to create a significant large-scale event (e.g. a thunderstorm)
  • Chaos in Ecology is the inaugural volume of Theoretical Ecology Series. The authors of this volume have employed data from a proven model system in population dynamics. As a result, this book will be of interest to anyone interested in the ecology of populations

Readership

Ecologists, biologists, paleontologists and graduate students interested in ecology

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    Models
    Bifurcations
    Chaos
    Patterns in Chaos
    What We Learned
    Bibliography
    Appendix

Product details

  • No. of pages: 225
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2002
  • Published: October 15, 2002
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080528878
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780121988760

About the Authors

J. M. Cushing

Robert Costantino

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Arizona

Brian Dennis

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Idaho

Robert Desharnais

Affiliations and Expertise

California State University, Los Angeles

Shandelle Henson

Affiliations and Expertise

College of William and Mary

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