Population Dynamics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125117500, 9780323159852

Population Dynamics

1st Edition

Alternative Models

Authors: Bertram G. Jr. Murray
eBook ISBN: 9780323159852
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1979
Page Count: 222
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Population Dynamics: Alternative Models provides a theoretical framework of population dynamics. This book contains seven chapters that discuss the controversies surrounding discussions on the explicit view of the subject. Chapters 1 and 2 present a general introduction to the terminology, the mathematical background, and the philosophical approach that lie behind the theoretical development. Chapter 3 contains a series of models accounting for variations in population growth rates, sizes, and fluctuations, while Chapter 4 examines a model accounting for the evolution of life history patterns. A more detailed examination of the effects of predation on prey populations, especially with respect to determining a prey population's maximum sustainable yield, is explored in Chapter 5. Chapter 6 highlights the interspecific competition theory in terms of the population dynamics models presented in a previous chapter. Chapter 7 summarizes the developments in the population dynamics research studies. This work will be of great value to ecologists, biologists, and population dynamics researchers.

Table of Contents


1 Introduction

The Population Problem



2 Population Mathematics

Exponential and Logistic Equations

Lotka's Equations

The Projection Matrix

The Effect of Age Distribution

3 Limitations to Population Growth

Space as a Limiting Factor

Food and Predation as Limiting Factors

Time as a Limiting Factor

The Role of "Density-Dependent" Factors

Distribution and Abundance

Evaluation of Older Theories

4 Population Dynamics and Natural Selection

A Theory of Evolution of Life History Patterns

Previous Theories

Clutch Size and Population Dynamics

r-Selection and K-Selection

5 Predation and Maximum Sustainable Yield

Effects of Predation on Prey Populations

Complicating Factors

Laboratory Experiments

Prudent Predation and Maximum Sustainable Yield

Control of Pest Populations

6 Competition

Competition without Shortages

7 The Dynamics of Populations


Subject Index


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