Plant and Animal Populations : Methods in Demography
This text/reference addresses the ever-increasing challenges of documenting population demographic changes, and will serve as a bridge from introductory ecology to both applied and theoretical demography. It emphasizes the analysis of population data taken from a wide variety of organisms, including terrestrial and aquatic plants and animals found in habitats from equatorial rain forests to the arctic tundra. The book also contains computer programs that are written in BASIC and include tools for population projection, matrix analysis using both sensitivity and elasticity, individual growth and survival models, and the analysis of size-frequency distributions.
- Hardback | 360 pages
- 221.2 x 287.5 x 20.8mm | 1,057.2g
- 26 Aug 1998
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- Academic Press Inc
- San Diego, United States
- b&w illustrations
Table of contents
Introduction to life tables; projection from a life table; more ways of combining surviva and fecundity; life-cycle graphs; the Leslie matrix; transient behaviour in population growth; sensitivity analysis; stage-structured demography; size-structured demography; confidence intervals for E; growth functions for individuals; general functions describing survival; the size-structure of populations; macroparameters.
This book presents a complete course in single-species demographic analysis, combined with a series of computer programs and algorithms that perform the numerically dependent routines. It provides lots of useful information and techniques and provides a comprehensive introduction to the analytical side of demographic modeling. This book could form the basis for a good course in demographic modeling. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for a reasonably readable bridge into the daunting world of demographic analysis. --Robert P. Freckleton in ECOLOGY (July 1999) This is an excellent book, well fitted to its intended purpose. --Jonathan Silvertown in JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY (1999) What it does it does soundly, providing anyone with demographic data from animal or plant populations with the standard methodology for its analysis. --Laurence Cook in BIOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY