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Modelling for Field Biologists and Other Interesting People

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By: Hanna Kokko
230 pages, Figs
Modelling for Field Biologists
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About this book

Students of evolutionary and behavioural ecology are often unfamiliar with mathematical techniques, though much of biology relies on mathematics. Evolutionary ideas are often complex, meaning that the logic of hypotheses proposed should not only be tested empirically but also mathematically.

There are numerous different modelling tools used by ecologists, ranging from population genetic 'bookkeeping', to game theory and individual-based computer simulations. Due to the many different modelling options available, it is often difficult to know where to start. Hanna Kokko has designed this book to help with these decisions.

Each method described is illustrated with one or two biologically interesting examples that have been chosen to help overcome fears of many biologists when faced with mathematical work, whilst also providing the programming code (Matlab) for each problem. Aimed primarily at students of evolutionary and behavioural ecology, this book will be of interest to any biologist interested in mathematical modelling.


Preface; 1. Modelling philosophy, where we get momentarily lost in a forest, but emerge intact; 2. Population genetics, where we find males that treat females quite badly, and some salmon get caught; 3. Quantitative genetics, where we learn to handle a bewildering number of loci, after which a whiff of predators does not scare us at all; 4. Optimization methods, where spiders get quite exhausted, and the author confesses an embarrassing mistake from the distant past; 5. Dynamic optimization, where we travel north, and learn how to survive the winter; 6. Game theory, where we get caught in a traffic jam, and end up wondering where all those trees came from; 7. Self-consistent games and evolutionary invasion analysis where winter is approaching once again, and we wonder if the promise of the coming spring should convince us to stay put; 8. Individual-based simulations, where virtual butterflies try to fly out of our reach, until ruthless exploitation of student labour finally captures them; 9. Concluding remarks, where we ask which chapter you liked most (or disliked least), and end the book with a most useful quote; Appendix: a quick guide to Matlab.

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Hanna Kokko is a professor in the Department of Biological & Environmental Science at the University of Helsinki.

Handbook / Manual
By: Hanna Kokko
230 pages, Figs
Media reviews

'I really enjoyed this book and I strongly recommend it to modellers and non-modellers alike. ... engaging and ... punctuated with interesting illustrations, anecdotes and other diversions. This book has challenged my own modelling philosophy and I have already learnt a lot from it.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 'Written in a truly friendly style...' Zentralblatt MATH '... easy and entertaining reading ... Topics are presented in a way that painlessly informs the reader on the basic biology underlying the mathematical model being developed, and not too painfully describes how to construct and evaluate the model ... The writing style is informal and actually quite entertaining, thus rendering the mathematics much more palatable than they might otherwise be ... The informal but concise writing ... kept me interested, which is not necessarily easy to do for a book on mathematical modeling. Overall, I enjoyed the book very much and recommend that others take a look.' American Entomologist

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