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Introduction to Population Biology

Introduction to Population Biology

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  • Date Published: February 2004
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521825375

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  • 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.

    • Gives a quantitative and Darwinian perspective on the subject, expressly linking evolutionary processes with those of ecology
    • Packed full of worked examples, step-by-step instructions for model simulations and problem sets with solutions to help the student gain a full understanding of the topic
    • Gives a broad treatment of the basic theory of natural selection, population genetics, population ecology and behavioural ecology
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    "The author does a commendable job synthesizing general theory and empirical work in the diverse field of population biology in a comprehensive yet approachable manner for an undergraduate audience. Nevertheless, this book serves as a well-written and comprehensive introduction to the field that will be a valuable reference in undergraduate classes." The Quarterly Review of Biology, Kim T. Scribner

    "...this book should be a valuable tool for university professors that teach introductory population biology. The breadth of the subjects covered in the book will make it easier for students to refer to one textbook where they can find all the appropriate information...It is well written, interesting to read and nicely illustrated...The step-by-step instructions for spreadsheet simulations of many of the basic equations should be particularly useful for undergraduate students." - Ecoscience, Eric T. Reed, Canadian Wildlife Service

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    • Date Published: February 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521825375
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 195 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.06kg
    • contains: 128 b/w illus. 46 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • 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.

  • Author

    Dick Neal, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
    DICK NEAL is Professor of Biology, and Associate Dean (Science) in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.

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