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Introduction to Population Biology

Introduction to Population Biology - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521532235

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2004
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Introduction to Population Biology - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521532235

Dick Neal

ISBN13: 978-0521532235
ISBN10: 052153223X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

This text adopts an evolutionary perspective on population biology. To help undergraduate students better understand the subject, Dick Neal presents step-by-step spreadsheet simulations of many basic equations that explore the outcomes or predictions of the various models. Proven examples demonstrate how the equations can be applied to biological questions, and problem sets and detailed solutions challenge the student's comprehension. Many real life examples are also included to help the reader relate the quantitative theory to the natural world.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Glossary

Part I. Evolution by Natural Selection:

1. Darwin concludes that organisms evolve
2. Darwin's theories of evolution
3. Understanding natural selection

Part II. Simple Population Growth Models and Their Simulation:

4. Density-independent growth and overproduction
5. Density-dependent growth and the logistic growth model

Part III. Population Genetics and Evolution:

6. Gene frequencies and the Hardy-Weinberg Principle
7. Mutation and the genetic variation of populations
8. Small populations, genetic drift and inbreeding
9. Migration, gene flow and the differentiation of populations
10. Quantifying natural selection: haploid and zygotic selection models
11. Applying zygotic selection models to natural systems
12. Polygenic inheritance, quantitative genetics and heritability
13. Population genetics: summary and synthesis

Part IV. Demography:

14. Life tables and age-specific death rates
15. Age-specific reproduction and population growth rates
16. Evolution of life histories

Part V. Interactions Between Species, and the Behaviour of Individuals:

17. Interspecific competition and amensalism
18. Predation
19. Animal behaviour, natural selection and altruistic traits
20. Sexual selection and mating systems
21 Epilogue

References
Solutions to problems
Index.

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