Population Ecology  An Introduction to Computer Simulations
Bernstein, Ruth
John Wiley & Sons
March 2003
Softcover 170 Pages ISBN 9780470851487
£80.00






This carefully structured laboratory manual explores, by means of computer simulations,
the key areas of population dynamics through time. Using simply presented exercises, it
teaches the programming and analysing skills students need for creating their own models
of population change. In this way, readers can contribute constructively to the conservation
of endangered species and the control of pest species.
 Focus on biology rather than mathematical procedures
 Introduces new techniques and shortcuts gradually with carefully explained commands
 Includes an extensive glossary
Undergraduates and postgraduates taking courses in population ecology, behavioural
ecology and conservation will find this an ideal accompaniment.
From the contents
Preface.
Acknowledgements.
Exercise 1. Exponential Population Growth.
Exercise 2. Population Invasions.
Exercise 3. The Leslie Matrix: AgeStructured.
Exercise 4. The Leslie Matrix: StageStructured.
Exercise 5. Metapopulation Dynamics.
Exercise 6. Logistic Population Growth.
Exercise 7. Interspecific Competition and Coexistence.
Exercise 8. Interspecific Competition and Geographic Distributions.
Exercise 9. PredatorPrey Dynamics: Introduction to the Model.
Exercise 10. PredatorPrey Dynamics: Effect of Predator Efficiency.
Exercise 11. PredatorPrey Dynamics: Effect of Social Behavior.
Exercise 12. PredatorPrey Dynamics: Effects of Carrying Capacity and Satiation.
Exercise 13. PredatorPrey Dynamics: Harvesting a Prey Population.
Exercise 14. Optimal Foraging: Searching Predators that Minimize Time.
Exercise 15. Optimal Foraging: Searching Predators that Minimize Energy.
Exercise 16. Optimal Foraging: SitandWait Predators that Maximize Energy.
Exercise 17. Optimal Foraging: Pollinators.
Exercise 18. MicroparasiteHost Dynamics.
Exercise 19. MacroparasiteHost Dynamics.
Exercise 20. ParasitoidHost Dynamics.
Exercise 21. Conserving an Endangered Species.
Exercise 22. Controlling an Invasive Species.
Glossary to MATLAB Commands.
Index.
Color, Marker, and Line Styles for the Graphs.
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