Plant and Animal Populations

Author: Thomas A. Ebert
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Explaining how the evolution of life history characteristics depends upon traits such as life span, schedules of births and death, and growth and survival estimates, this text addresses the ever-increasing challenges of documenting population demographic changes. Serving as a bridge from introductory ecology to both applied and theoretical demography, the text emphasizes the analysis of population data taken from a variety of organisms, including terrestrial and aquatic plants and animals found in habitats from equitorial rain forests to the arctic tundra. It also contains computer programs, written in BASIC, including tools for population projection, matrix analysis using both sensitivity and elasticity, individual growth and survival models, and the analysis of size frequency distributions.

Methods in Comparative Plant Population Ecology

Author: David Gibson
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199671478
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This second edition provides authoritative guidance on research methodology for plant population ecology. Practical advice is provided to assist senior undergraduates and post-graduate students, and all researchers, design their own field and greenhouse experiments and establish a research programme in plant population ecology.

Conservation Biology

Author: Fred Van Dyke
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402068905
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Fred Van Dyke’s new textbook, Conservation Biology: Foundations, Concepts, Applications, 2nd Edition, represents a major new text for anyone interested in conservation. Drawing on his vast experience, Van Dyke’s organizational clarity and readable style make this book an invaluable resource for students in conservation around the globe. Presenting key information and well-selected examples, this student-friendly volume carefully integrates the science of conservation biology with its implications for ethics, law, policy and economics.

Applied Demography for Biologists

Author: James R. Carey
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198023146
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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 appeared outside 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 to insect 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 data gathered 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 graduate text.

Matrix Population Models

Author: Hal Caswell
Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Incorporated
Format: PDF
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Age, stage, life cycle, demography, sensitivity, stochasticity, environment, conservation, density.

Structured Population Models in Marine Terrestrial and Freshwater Systems

Author: Shripad Tuljapurkar
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780412072710
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This indispensable guide provides a comprehensive treatment of the construction and analysis of models for age- and stage-classified populations. It covers methods based on projection matrices, delay-differential equations, and partial-differential equations. The book addresses both field and laboratory studies on a wide range of specific ecosystems and taxa, as well as problems in evolution, genetics, conservation biology and epidemiology.