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Models in Ecology

By: John Maynard-Smith(Author)

160 pages, 48 illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 1978 | #211753 | ISBN: 0521294401
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Models in Ecology is aimed at anyone with a serious interest in ecology. Ecological models of two kinds are dealt with: mathematical models of a strategic kind aimed at an understanding of the general properties of ecosystems and laboratory models designed with the same aim in view. The mathematical and experimental models illuminate one another. A strength of the account is that although there is a good deal of mathematics, Professor Maynard Smith has concentrated on making clear the assumptions behind the mathematics and the conclusions to be drawn. Proofs and derivations have been omitted as far as possible. Models in Ecology is therefore comprehensible to anyone with a minimal familiarity with mathematical notation. Models in Ecology was written in the twin convictions that ecology will not come of age until it has a sound theoretical basis and there is a long way to go before that state of affairs is reached.



1. Introduction
2. Predator-prey systems without age structure
3. Breeding seasons and age structure
4. Predator-prey systems with age structure
5. Competition
6. Migration
7. Stability and complexity
8. the statistical mechanics of populations
9. Complexity at a single trophic level
10. Complexity with several trophic levels
11. Coevolution
12. Territorial behaviour


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