Applied Demography for Biologists: with Special Emphasis on Insects

Hardcover | September 1, 1988

byJames R. Carey

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This is the first book to comprehensively apply the fundamental tools and concepts of demography to a nonhuman species. It provides clear and concise treatment of standard demographic techniques such as life table analysis and population projection; introduces models that have seldom appearedoutside of the demographic literature including the multiple decrement life table, the intrinsic sex ratio, and multiregional demography; and addresses demographic problems that are unique to nonhuman organisms such as the demographic theory of social insects and harvesting techniques applied toinsect mass rearing. The book also contains a synthesis of fundamental properties of population such as momentum and convergence to the stable age distribution, with a section on the unity of demographic models, and appendices detailing analytical methods used to quantify and model the datagathered in a ground-breaking study on the mortality experience of 1.2 million medflies. Based on an insect demography course at the University of California, Davis, the book is intended for practicing entomologists, population biologists, and ecologists for use in research or as a graduatetext.

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The book has four main themes- birth, death, population, and application- and is organized in six chapters.

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This is the first book to comprehensively apply the fundamental tools and concepts of demography to a nonhuman species. It provides clear and concise treatment of standard demographic techniques such as life table analysis and population projection; introduces models that have seldom appearedoutside of the demographic literature inclu...

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The book has four main themes- birth, death, population, and application- and is organized in six chapters.

James R. Carey is Professor of Entomology at the University of California, Davis and member of the Graduate Group in Demography at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Carey is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading expert in arthropod demography and has authored nearly 50 publications in this area includi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.57 × 6.46 × 0.87 inPublished:September 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction1.1. Formalization1.2. Elementary Characteristics of Populations2. Life Tables2.1. General Concepts2.2. The Single Decrement Life Tables2.3. The Abridged Life Table2.4. The Multiple Decrement Life Table2.5. Selected Properties of Model Life Tables3. Reproduction3.1. General Background3.2. Per Capita Reproductive Rates3.3. Reproductive Heterogeneity3.4. Generalizations4. Population I. Basic Concepts and Models4.1. Background4.2. The Stable Population Model4.3. Population Projection4.4. Fundamental Properties of Populations5. Population II. Extensions of Stable Theory5.1. Two-Sex Models5.2. Stochastic Demography5.3. Multiregional Demography5.4. Demographic Theory of Social Insects: The Honeybee5.5. The Unity of Demographic Population Models6. Demographic Applications6.1. Estimation6.2. Curve Fitting6.3. Mass Rearing: Basic Harvesting Concepts6.4. Parasitoid Mass Rearing6.5. Pros and Cons of Demographic Modeling

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The book has four main themes- birth, death, population, and application- and is organized in six chapters.

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"The author states that he wrote this book because `biologists needed a stand-alone book on demography that went beyond the standard life table.' This short book (6 chapters) does exactly that....The most notable feature of this book, and the characteristic which makes it a must for any classin demography or population ecology, is the wealth of detailed, carefully presented examples....The effort put into integrating demography with evolution and behavior has resulted in an excellent presentation....This book is appropriate for advanced undergraduates and has sufficient depth for mostgraduate courses. It should be in every library and on the shelf of anyone teaching demographics."--Environmental Entomology