An Illustrated Guide to Theoretical Ecology by Ted J. CaseAn Illustrated Guide to Theoretical Ecology by Ted J. Case

An Illustrated Guide to Theoretical Ecology

byTed J. Case

Paperback | October 28, 1999

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An Illustrated Guide to Theoretical Ecology uses a combination of visual presentations and the symbolic logic of algebra and calculus to provide the most accessible introduction to ecological theory available. It gives students the basic tools they need to understand the complexities ofecological systems and to analyze simple quantitative ecological problems. The author walks students through the most common models in ecology, beginning with first principles and then gently making each formulation accessible through a step-by-step development of equations paired with lavishillustrations. He also applies theoretical developments to practical issues in conservation and resource management, offering a more visceral understanding of the purpose and utility of the theory and demonstrating how it may need modification in its application to real-world problems and futuredirections. The text also includes some basic ecological genetics and an exploration of metapopulation dynamics. An Illustrated Guide to Theoretical Ecology is enhanced by over 500 two-color diagrams, many end-of-chapter problems, and a website that includes simulation models that parallel each chapters development ( Ideal as a main text for advanced undergraduatecourses in theoretical and mathematical ecology or conservation biology, this unique book can also serve as a supplement or a self-guided tutorial in general ecology, population ecology, and community ecology courses.
Ted J. Case is at University of California, San Diego.
Title:An Illustrated Guide to Theoretical EcologyFormat:PaperbackPublished:October 28, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1c PrefacePART I: Population Ecology1. Exponential and Geometric Population Growth2. Spatial, Temporal, and Individual Variation in Birth and Death Rates3. Population Growth with Age or Stage Structure4. Demographic Relationships5. Density-Dependent Population Growth6. Population Regulation, Limiting Factors, and Temporal Variability7. Life History Trade-Offs8. Reproductive Value and the Evolutionary Theory of Aging9. Density-Dependent Selection on Life History TraitsPART II: Species Interactions and Community Ecology10. Exploited Resources11. The Mechanics of Predation12. Predator-Prey Systems: Predator Dynamics and Effects on Prey13. Stability of Predator-Prey Systems: Analytical Methods (Advanced)14. Competitors15. Multi-species Communities16. Space, Islands, and MetapopulationsPART III: AppendicesAppendix 1: PREPARATION, PART 1: Visualizing Equations PREPARATION, PART 2: Terms and Methods of Model Building in Population BiologyAppendix 2: Some Matrix OperationsAppendix 3: Solving for Equilibrium Points in Dynamical Systems, the Inverse of a Square Matrix, and Some Useful Facts from Linear AlgebraAppendix 4: Some Useful Mathematical Identities and ApproximationsAppendix 5: CalculusAppendix 6: Functions of Random VariablesLiterature CitedIndex

Editorial Reviews

"For many students of ecology, the more mathematical aspects of ecology theory are difficult, if not impossible, to penetrate. This book offers the best effort that I have seen to help remedy this situation. This is an attractive, large format book and, as the title suggests, is generouslyfurnished with illustrations. The real strength is in the meticulous care with which Case covers virtually every important topic across a broad array of theoretical ecology, from single species to multispecies communities. The elements of demography are covered in great detail, but, at the sametime, more advanced ideas, such as the effects of temporal and individual variability on population growth rate and probability of extinction, are woven into the text in a way that make them just as natural and easy to grasp." -- Donald DeAngelis, BioScience, Sept 2000, Vol. 50, No. 9