Population Dynamics

Population Dynamics

Alternative Models

1st Edition - January 28, 1979

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  • Author: Bertram G. Jr. Murray
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323159852

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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

  • Preface

    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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  • No. of pages: 222
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1979
  • Published: January 28, 1979
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323159852

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Bertram G. Jr. Murray

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