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Introduction to Population Biology

ISBN-10: 0521825377

ISBN-13: 9780521825375

Edition: 2003

Authors: Dick Neal

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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.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/20/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
Glossary
Evolution by Natural Selection
Darwin concludes that organisms evolve
Darwin's theories of evolution
Understanding natural selection
Simple Population Growth Models and Their Simulation
Density-independent growth and overproduction
Density-dependent growth and the logistic growth model
Population Genetics and Evolution
Gene frequencies and the Hardy-Weinberg Principle
Mutation and the genetic variation of populations
Small populations, genetic drift and inbreeding
Migration, gene flow and the differentiation of populations
Quantifying natural selection: haploid and zygotic selection models
Applying zygotic selection models to natural systems
Polygenic inheritance, quantitative genetics and heritability
Population genetics: summary and synthesis
Demography
Life tables and age-specific death rates
Age-specific reproduction and population growth rates
Evolution of life histories
Interactions Between Species, and the Behaviour of Individuals
Interspecific competition and amensalism
Predation
Animal behaviour, natural selection and altruistic traits
Sexual selection and mating systems
Epilogue
References
Solutions to problems
Index