Ecological Dynamics

Hardcover | May 1, 1998

byW. S. C. Gurney, R. M. Nisbet

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Ecological Dynamics is unique in that it can serve both as an introductory text in numerous ecology courses and as a resource for more advanced work. It provides a flexible introduction to ecological dynamics that is accessible to students with limited previous mathematical and computationalexperience, yet also offers glimpses into the state of the art in the field. The book is divided into three parts: Part I, Methodologies and Techniques, defines the authors' modeling philosophy, focusing on models rather than ecology, and introduces essential concepts for describing and analyzing dynamical systems. Part II, Individuals to Ecosystems, the core of thebook, describes the formulation and analysis of models of individual organisms, populations, and ecosystems. Part III, Focus on Structure, introduces more advanced readers to models of 'structured' and spatially extended populations. Approximately 25% of the book is devoted to case studies drawnfrom the authors' research. Readers are guided through the many judgment calls involved in model formulation, shown the key steps in model analysis, and offered the authors' interpretation of the results. All chapters end with exercises and projects. While the book is designed to be independent ofany particular computing environment, a well-tested software package (SOLVER),including programs for solution of differential and difference equations, is available via the World Wide Web at http://www.stams.strath.ac.uk/external/solver. Ideal for courses in modeling ecological and environmental change, Ecological Dynamics can also be used in other courses such as theoretical ecology, population ecology, mathematical biology and ecology, and quantitative ecology.

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Ecological Dynamics is unique in that it can serve both as an introductory text in numerous ecology courses and as a resource for more advanced work. It provides a flexible introduction to ecological dynamics that is accessible to students with limited previous mathematical and computationalexperience, yet also offers glimpses into the...

W. S. C. Gurney is at University of Strathclyde. Roger M. Nisbet is at University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 6.18 × 9.29 × 0.91 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"Gurney and Nisbet take you into the outback, teach you the ways of the wild, and walk you deep into the jungle of analytical modeling, at the same time coaching you in the skills necessary to survive. . . . Analytical modeling forms the backbone in any course in ecological modeling and Icannot think of another text that covers so much material in such rich detail. Anyone interested in grasping these classes of models need look no further. It would make an excellent text for a graduate, or advanced undergraduate class in modeling or population biology. . . . I suspect this is a bookthat will be pulled from my shelf often, becoming dog-eared and worn from use. Gurney and Nisbet are to be applauded for providing a valuable resource."--Ecology