Theory-Based Ecology: A Darwinian approach by Liz PasztorTheory-Based Ecology: A Darwinian approach by Liz Pasztor

Theory-Based Ecology: A Darwinian approach

byLiz Pasztor, Zoltan Botta-Dukat, Gabriella Magyar

Paperback | June 18, 2016

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Ecology is in a challenging state as a scientific discipline. While some theoretical ecologists are attempting to build a definition of ecology from first principles, many others are questioning even the feasibility of a general and universal theory. At the same time, it is increasinglyimportant that ecology is accurately and functionally defined for a generation of researchers tackling escalating environmental problems in the face of doubt and disagreement. The authors of Theory-Based Ecology have written a textbook that presents a robust, modern, and mathematically sound theoryof ecology, maintaining a strong link between empirical data, models, and theory. It is firmly based in Darwinian thought, since it was Darwin who first revealed the ecological principles of the origin of species, and gave the evolution of diversity a process-based, mechanistic explanation.The authors base their synthetic theory of Darwinian ecology on seven key principles: exponential growth, growth regulation, inherited individual differences, finiteness and stochasticity, competitive exclusion, robust coexistence, and constraints and trade-offs. Within this solid conceptualframework, they integrate classic and actual empirical knowledge from ecology and evolutionary biology, clarifying methodological and mathematical detail in clear and helpful text boxes. A wealth of illustrated examples pertaining to different organisational levels (alleles, clones and species)helps to explain how the principles operate.This is an invaluable resource for graduate level students as well as professional researchers in the fields of ecology, genetics, evolutionary ecology, and mathematical biology.
Liz Pasztor is an evolutionary ecologist with broad interests in understanding the structure of ecology and evolutionary biology. She had graduated in biology and philosophy at Eotvos University (Budapest) where she got her PhD in 1997 and habilitated in 2010. She has been giving lectures and held seminars in population biology, evolut...
Title:Theory-Based Ecology: A Darwinian approachFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.03 inPublished:June 18, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199577862

ISBN - 13:9780199577866

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Table of Contents

Part I Introduction1. Introduction: Darwinian ecology2. Sources and treatment of complexityPart II Exponential growth3. Exponential growth of unstructured populations4. Population structure and exponential growth5. Ecological tolerance and the distribution of speciesPart III Regulation of population growth6. Growth regulation, feedbacks and their dynamical consequences7. Competitive exclusion8. Tradeoffs and adaptations9. Robust coexistence and population regulation10. Population regulation and the ecological nichePart IV Finiteness and diversity11. Stochasticity due to finiteness12. Diversity patterns and population regulation