This major reference is an overview of the current state of theoretical ecology through a series of topical entries centered on both ecological and statistical themes. Coverage ranges across scales – from the physiological, to populations, landscapes, and ecosystems. Entries provide an introduction to broad fields such as Applied Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Computational Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Epidemiology and Epidemic Modeling, Population Ecology, Spatial Ecology and Statistics in Ecology. Others provide greater specificity and depth, including discussions on the Allee effect, ordinary differential equations, and ecosystem services. Descriptions of modern statistical and modeling approaches and how they contributed to advances in theoretical ecology are also included. Succinct, uncompromising, and authoritative – Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology is a "must have" for those interested in the use of theory in the ecological sciences.
"A bold and successful attempt to illustrate the theoretical foundations of all of the subdisciplines of ecology, including basic and applied, and extending through biophysical, population, community, and ecosystem ecology. Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology is a compendium of clear and concise essays by the intellectual leaders across this vast breadth of knowledge."
- Harold Mooney, Stanford University
"A remarkable and indispensable reference work that also is flexible enough to provide essential readings for a wide variety of courses. A masterful collection of authoritative papers that convey the rich and fundamental nature of modern theoretical ecology."
- Simon A. Levin, Princeton University
"Theoretical ecologists exercise their imaginations to make sense of the astounding complexity of both real and possible ecosystems. Imagining a real or possible topic left out of the Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology has proven just as challenging. This comprehensive compendium demonstrates that theoretical ecology has become a mature science, and the volume will serve as the foundation for future creativity in this area."
- Fred Adler, University of Utah
"The editors have assembled an outstanding group of contributors who are a great match for their topics. Sometimes the author is a key, authoritative figure in a field; and at other times, the author has enough distance to convey all sides of a subject. The next time you need to introduce ecology students to a theoretical topic, you"ll be glad to have this encyclopedia on your bookshelf."
- Stephen Ellner, Cornell University
"Everything you wanted to know about theoretical ecology, and much that you didn't know you needed to know but will now! Alan Hastings and Louis Gross have done us a great service by bringing together in very accessible form a huge amount of information about a broad, complicated, and expanding field."
- Daniel Simberloff, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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Alan Hastings is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California Davis in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the Theoretical Ecology Series and the Journal of Mathematical Biology. Louis Gross is a Professor of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Mathematics, and Director of the Institute of Environmental Modeling at the University of Tennessee.