Dynamic State Variable Models in Ecology: Methods and Applications

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Oxford University Press, Feb 10, 2000 - Science - 304 pages
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This book introduces readers to a set of powerful and extremely flexible modeling techniques, starting at "square one" and continuing with carefully chosen applications. Some of these applications of methodology include insect oviposition behavior, overwinter survival of birds and fish, avian migration, resource management, conservation biology, agroecology, and human behavior. This book also explains how to construct, test, and use dynamic state variable models in a wide range of contexts in evolutionary ecology, and its complete and up-to-date coverage allows readers to immediately begin using the described techniques. Dynamic State Variable Models in Ecology is designed for self-instruction or for use in upper division undergraduate or graduate courses. It is ideal for students and scientists interested in behavior, ecology, anthropology, conservation biology, and related fields.
 

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Contents

1 The Basics
3
2 Some Details of Technique
49
3 Using the Model
71
4 Oviposition Behavior of Insect Parasitoids
82
5 Winter Survival Strategies
108
6 Avian Migration
139
7 Human Behavioral Ecology
161
8 Conservation Biology
173
9 Agroecology
192
10 PopulationLevel Models
212
11 Stochasticity Uncertainty and Information as a State Variable
232
12 Measures of Fitness
248
Programs available at the OUP Web site
265
References
267
Index
287
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