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A Primer of Ecology


By: Nicholas J Gotelli

291 pages, Figs, tabs

Sinauer Associates

Paperback | Jul 2008 | Edition: 4 | #175784 | ISBN-13: 9780878933181
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About this book

This book contains more mathematical detail than many ecology textbooks, but avoids the jargon and mathematical terminology that can intimidate students. The book demystifies ecological models and the mathematics behind them, and includes both simple and advanced problems, followed by fully worked examples.

It presents a concise but detailed exposition of the most common mathematical models in population and community ecology. It is intended to demystify ecological models and the mathematics behind them by deriving the models from first principles.


Exponential Population Growth
Logistic Population Growth
Age-Structured Population Growth
Metapopulation Dynamics
Island Biogeography
Species Richness
Appendix: Working with Differential Equations
Solutions to Problems
Literature Cited

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NICHOLAS J. GOTELLI is Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Vermont.

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