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Ecology of Populations (Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation)

Ecology of Populations (Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation)

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Esa Ranta
Cambridge University Press, 1/19/2006
EAN 9780521670333, ISBN10: 0521670330

Paperback, 388 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

The theme of the book is the distribution and abundance of organisms in space and time. The core of the book lies in how local births and deaths are tied to emigration and immigration processes, and how environmental variability at different scales affects population dynamics with stochastic processes and spatial structure and shows how elementary analytical tools can be used to understand population fluctuations, synchrony, processes underlying range distributions and community structure and species coexistence. The book also shows how spatial population dynamics models can be used to understand life history evolution and aspects of evolutionary game theory. Although primarily based on analytical and numerical analyses of spatial population processes, data from several study systems are also dealt with.

1. Introduction
2. Population renewal
3. Population dynamics in space - the first step
4. Synchronicity
5. Order- disorder in space and time
6. Structured populations
7. Biodiversity and community structure
8. Habitat loss
9. Harvesting and management
10. Resource matching
11. Spatial games
12. Evolutionary and population dynamics
13. Epilogue.