An introduction to classical and modern mathematical models, methods, and issues in population ecology.
Kot (applied mathematics, U. of Washington) presents an introductory text on the methods of classical and mathematical models and methods in population ecology. Covering density dependence, bifurcations, demographic stochasticity, time delays, population interactions, and application of optimal control theory to the management of renewable resources; the first section of the work presents simplified unstructured population models. Structured models are then discussed, with chapters covering spatially structured, age-structured, and two- sex models. The material is focused on mechanistic models that generate hypotheses, rather than complex models for detailed forecasts. Formal theorems and proofs are at a minimum. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)