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Ecological Orbits : How Planets Move and Populations Grow

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A famous ecologist and a philosopher of science team up to offer a fresh new approach to population biology and ecology. Challenging the traditionally accepted Lotka-Volterra model, which is based on predator-prey interactions, this new model emphasizes maternal effects, specifically the significance of a mother's interest in the success of her female offspring.show more

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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 15 halftones & 18 line illus.
  • 019516816X
  • 9780195168167
  • 1,642,298

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This book should be of obvious interest to theoretical ecologists. It is certainly accessible to graduate students, and perhaps even to advanced undergraduates. * ISBE Newsletter * ...the book is stimulating and undoubtedly has an important message to convey... Steohen Hoskins, The Biologist, October 2006.show more

Table of contents

Preface ; 1. On Earth as it is in the Heavens ; 2. Does Ecology Have Laws? ; 3. Equilibrium and Accelerated Death ; 4. The Maternal Effect Hypothesis ; 5. Predator-Prey Interactions and the Period of Cycling ; 6. Inertial Growth ; 7. Practical Consequences ; 8. Shadows on the Wall ; A Notes and Further Reading ; B Essential Features of the Maternal Effect Model ; C Appreciations ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more

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