Population Dynamics and Laboratory Ecology

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Robert A. Desharnais
Elsevier, 2005 - Science - 374 pages
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Population Dynamics and Laboratory Ecology highlights the contributions laboratory studies are making to our understanding of the dynamics of ecological and evolutionary systems. Chapters address the scientific rationale for laboratory ecology, its historical role within the broader discipline, and recent advances in research. The book presents results from a wide range of laboratory systems including insects, mites, plankton, protists, and microbes.

A common theme throughout the book is the value of microcosm studies in advancing our knowledge of ecological and evolutionary principles. Each chapter is authored by scientists who are leading experts in their fields. The book addresses fundamental questions that are of interest to biologists whether they work in the laboratory or field or whether they are primarily empiricists or theorists.



  • Details a scientific rationale for laboratory systems in ecological and evolutionary studies
  • Offers a view on historical role of laboratory studies
  • Includes examples of recent research advances in ecology and evolution using laboratory systems, ranging from insects to microbes
  • Integrates mathematics, statistics and experimental studies
 

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Contents

The Role of Laboratory Systems
1
Concepts in Population Ecology
9
Future Perspectives
25
General Introduction
38
Persistence of Complex HostParasitoid Assemblies
46
HostParasitoid Interaction and Beyond
65
Populations with Age Structure
85
Discussion
93
Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics of Experimental
221
Testing Hypotheses of Mechanism
228
Rapidly Evolving Rotifers
238
MARCEL HOLYOAK AND SHARON P LAWLER
245
Population Control and Environmental Variation
251
Source and Sink Dynamics
260
Acknowledgments
266
Microbial Experimental Systems in Ecology
273

ROBERT F COSTANTINO ROBERT A DESHARNAIS
101
Experimental Confirmation of Nonlinear
110
Phase Switching in Population Cycles
123
Anatomy of Chaos
130
Acknowledgments
138
SUMMARY
143
Introduction
144
Discussion
173
MAURICE W SABELIS ARNE JANSSEN ODO DIEKMANN
183
A Caricature of Local PredatorPrey Dynamics
189
Confronting the Baseline Model with Experimental Tests
199
Differential Prey Patch Vulnerability Stabilizes
214
JESSUP SAMANTHA E FORDE
274
Recent Studies of Microbial Experimental Systems
289
Conclusions
300
Parasitism Between CoInfecting Bacteriophages
309
How Many Viruses Should Enter a Cell?
321
Concluding Remarks
328
Time Scale and Observation in Ecological Systems
335
Contingent Structure and Reciprocal Interactions
342
Index
355
Cumulative List of Titles
369
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