## A Primer of EcologyA Primer of Ecology presents a concise but detailed exposition of the most common mathematical models in population and community ecology. It is intended to demystify ecological models and the mathematics behind them by deriving the models from first principles. The Primer explains in detail basic concepts of exponential and logistic population growth, age-structured demography, metapopulation dynamics, competition, predation, island biogeography, and, in a chapter new to this edition, succession. The book may be used as a self-teaching tutorial by students, as a primary textbook, or as a supplemental text to a general ecology textbook. |

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### Contents

Logistic Population Growth | 25 |

AgeStructured Population Growth | 49 |

Metapopulation Dynamics | 82 |

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abundance age class assume assumptions average axis birth and death birth rate calculate capita carrying capacity Chapter colonization competition complex constant continuous corals curve cycle death rate declines decrease density depend described discrete distribution dynamics ecology effect environment equal Equation equilibrium equilibrium point estimate example exponential growth Expression extinction Figure function gives graph growing habitat important increase individuals initial instantaneous island isocline limited logistic Lotka-Volterra mathematical matrix maximum mean measured metapopulation nature occupied occur offspring organisms patches period persistence plants plot population growth population growth rate population size predator predictions present prey probability problem produce proportion reached region relatively represents reproductive response schedule shows simple single space species stable stage step stochasticity structure succession Suppose survivorship Table term tion transition matrix Type units variance vector victim population zero