Mathematical modelling is widely used in ecology and evolutionary biology and it is a topic that many biologists find difficult to grasp. In this new textbook Marc Mangel provides a no-nonsense introduction to the skills needed to understand the principles of theoretical and mathematical biology. Fundamental theories and applications are introduced using numerous examples from current biological research, complete with illustrations to highlight key points. Exercises are also included throughout the text to show how theory can be applied and to test knowledge gained so far. Suitable for advanced undergraduate courses in theoretical and mathematical biology, this book forms an essential resource for anyone wanting to gain an understanding of theoretical ecology and evolution.Read more
- Grounded in real biological problems, this book helps readers see the immediate relevance of mathematics
- Written in a friendly style with exercises interspersed throughout the text
- Contains a mixture of deterministic and stochastic methods
Reviews & endorsements
"This book is more than a toolbox, perhaps a better description would be workshop--where you get to not only see the tools but seem them in action."
Ecology, Vol. 88, No. 7See more reviews
"...an accessible introduction to different models and analyses in theoretical population biology. ...replete with exercises...allowing easy reference to (and reinforcement of) particular topics. ...an inspiration."
"... invite[s] the quantitatively minded empiricist to do just that."
J. Thompson, EVOLUTION
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- Date Published: August 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521537483
- length: 390 pages
- dimensions: 247 x 174 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.78kg
- contains: 86 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Four examples and a metaphor
2. Topics from ordinary and partial differential equations
3. Probability and some statistics
4. The evolutionary ecology of parasitoids
5. The population biology of disease
6. An introduction to some of the problems of sustainable fisheries
7. The basics of stochastic population dynamics
8. Applications of stochastic population dynamics to ecology, evolution and biodemography.
Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses
- Biological Modeling
- Ecological and Behavioral Modeling
- Mathematical Biology
- Mathematical Models in Biology
- Modeling Evolutionary Processes
- Quantitative Ecology
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