The theme of the book is the distribution and abundance of organisms in space and time. The core of the book lies in how local births and deaths are tied to emigration and immigration processes, and how environmental variability at different scales affects population dynamics with stochastic processes and spatial structure and shows how elementary analytical tools can be used to understand population fluctuations, synchrony, processes underlying range distributions and community structure and species coexistence. The book also shows how spatial population dynamics models can be used to understand life history evolution and aspects of evolutionary game theory. Although primarily based on analytical and numerical analyses of spatial population processes, data from several study systems are also dealt with.
1. Introduction; 2. Population renewal; 3. Population dynamics in space - the first step; 4. Synchronicity; 5. Order- disorder in space and time; 6. Structured populations; 7. Biodiversity and community structure; 8. Habitat loss; 9. Harvesting and management; 10. Resource matching; 11. Spatial games; 12. Evolutionary and population dynamics; 13. Epilogue.
Esa Ranta is Professor in Animal Ecology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Per Lundberg is Professor in Theoretical Ecology at the University of Lund, Sweden. Veijo Kaitala is Professor in Population Biology at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
...the strenghts of the book lie primarily in its accessibility and proximity to the cutting edge of population ecology research. Robert P. Freckleton, Ecology