Theoretical Ecology: principles and applications

Paperback | February 15, 2007

EditorRobert May, Angela R. McLean

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Robert May's seminal book has played a central role in the development of ecological science. Originally published in 1976, this influential text has overseen the transition of ecology from an observational and descriptive subject to one with a solid conceptual core. Indeed, it is a testamentto its influence that a great deal of the novel material presented in the earlier editions has now been incorporated into standard undergraduate textbooks. It is now a quarter of a century since the publication of the second edition, and a thorough revision is timely. Theoretical Ecology provides a succinct, up-to-date overview of the field set in the context of applications, thereby bridging the traditional division of theory and practice. It describes the recent advances in our understanding of how interacting populations of plants and animals change over timeand space, in response to natural or human-created disturbance. In an integrated way, initial chapters give an account of the basic principles governing the structure, function, and temporal and spatial dynamics of populations and communities of plants and animals. Later chapters outlineapplications of these ideas to practical issues including fisheries, infectious diseases, tomorrow's food supplies, climate change, and conservation biology. Throughout the book, emphasis is placed on questions which as yet remain unanswered.The editors have invited the top scientists in the field to collaborate with the next generation of theoretical ecologists. The result is an accessible, advanced textbook suitable for senior undergraduate and graduate level students as well as researchers in the fields of ecology, mathematicalbiology, environment and resources management. It will also be of interest to the general reader seeking a better understanding of a range of global environmental problems.

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Robert May's seminal book has played a central role in the development of ecological science. Originally published in 1976, this influential text has overseen the transition of ecology from an observational and descriptive subject to one with a solid conceptual core. Indeed, it is a testamentto its influence that a great deal of the no...

Robert May is Professor of Zoology at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London. His research, first at Princeton University and since 1988 at Oxford University, has dealt with the ways in which plant and animal populations - either singly or in interacting communities - change over time, especially in response to natural or...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.63 inPublished:February 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Angela R McLean and Robert M May: Introduction2. Martin A Nowak and Karl Sigmund: How Populations Cohere: Five Rules for Cooperation3. Tim Coulson and H Charles J Godfray: Single species dynamics4. Sean Nee: Metapopulations and Their Spatial Dynamics5. Michael B Bonsall and Michael P Hassell: Predator Prey Interactions6. Michael J Crawley: Plant Population dynamics7. David Tilman: Interspecific Competition and Multispecies Coexistence8. Anthony R. Ives: Diversity and stability in ecological communities9. George Sugihara, Michael J Crawley, and Robert M May: Community: Patterns10. Bryan Grenfell and Matthew Keeling: Dynamics of Infectious Diseases11. John R Beddington and Geoffrey P Kirkwood: Fisheries12. Gordon Conway: A Doubly Green Revolution13. Andy Dobson, Will Turner and David Wilcove: Conservation Biology14. Jeremy T Kerr and Heather Kharouba: Climate Change and Conservation Biology15. Robert M May: Unanswered Questions and why they Matter

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"A well-edited compilation... The coverage provides a broad introduction to current literature of theoretical ecology and a superb integration of theory and fact."--Science