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Main Title Population Systems A General Introduction / [electronic resource] :
Author Berryman, Alan A.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Kindlmann, Pavel.
Publisher Springer Netherlands,
Year Published 2008
Call Number QL1-991
ISBN 9781402068195
Subjects Life sciences ; Ecology ; Zoology ; Biology--Mathematics
Internet Access
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Collation XV, 222 p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
Population Systems -- A Brief Look at Systems in General -- Population Dynamics and an Elementary Model -- Population Regulation and a General Model -- Systems of Interacting Populations -- Interactions Between Two Species -- Interactions in Space -- Interactions Between Many Species (Ecological Communities). This book is concerned with the general principles and theories of population ecology, based on the idea that the rules governing the dynamics of populations are relatively simple, and that the rich behavior we observe in nature is a consequence of the structure of the system rather than of the complexity of the underlying rules. From this perspective, the dynamic behavior of single-species populations is examined and an elementary feedback model of the population system is developed. This single-species model is refined and generalized by examining the mechanisms of population regulation. Graphical procedures are developed for evaluating the behavior of populations inhabiting variable environments, which are then applied to the analysis of interactions between two species. Finally, spatial effects on population behavior and communities composed of many interacting species are examined.