Newsletter   Secure Checkout   View Cart (0 items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

Modelling Fluctuating Populations [Paperback]

Our Price $ 59.35  
Retail Value $ 59.95  
You Save $ 0.60  
Item Number 262982  
Buy New $59.35
Available on the Internet only.

Item description for Modelling Fluctuating Populations by R. M. Nisbet...

From the foreword to this 2004 reprinting:

"In the Introduction to Modelling Fluctuating Populations, published in 1982, we characterized the state-of-the-art in theoretical ecology as being that "at present we can make quantitative, testable models only of laboratory systems which are themselves caricatures of reality." This unattractive situation no longer holds, as ecological theory has made spectacular advances over the past two decades. Thanks to new approaches to modelling, and to advances in time series analysis, mechanistically based models are now well-established tools for elucidating the dynamics of natural populations.

So why reprint a 20-year old book?

The primary reason is that the book takes a distinctive approach to population dynamics, by emphasizing from the earliest chapters that all populations fluctuate continuously. Traditional themes in theoretical ecology such as equilibrium and population stability are linked to analyses of the response of a population to environmental fluctuations and to extinction probabilities. Thus, the book's approach confronts head-on one common criticism of simple ecological models -- the mismatch between the mathematical mechanisms studied and the questions of top ecological concern.

Second, the book demonstrates the power of techniques based on linear mathematics. It has become fashionable to emphasize the importance of nonlinearity in ecological models, and there are some situations, notably those involving competition in fluctuating environments, where fundamentally nonlinear phenomena are critical to ecological understanding. But the importance in the real world of other nonlinear phenomena that attract much excitement among theorists, such as deterministic chaos, is much more doubtful. Many properties of fluctuations in nonlinear systems are well described by mathematical approaches that use linear equations to describe dynamics in the vicinity of an equilibrium state. The book gives a thorough introduction to these approaches, with particular focus on methods that exploit Fourier analysis.

Third, chapters 6 and 7 of the book take an unconventional approach to the formulation and analysis of stochastic population models. The starting point is a rigorous treatment of "demographic stochasticity", the randomness that occurs because population change is caused by a sequence of individual births and deaths. We introduce the concept of "white noise" in a manner appropriate for ecologists, develop powerful approximate methods for predicting the intensity of fluctuating populations, and offer a systematic approach to modeling the probability of extinction."

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Pages   379
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   The Blackburn Press
ISBN  1930665903  
ISBN13  9781930665903  

Availability  54 units.
Availability accurate as of May 26, 2017 07:18.
Usually ships within one to two business days from La Vergne, TN.
Orders shipping to an address other than a confirmed Credit Card / Paypal Billing address may incur and additional processing delay.

More About R. M. Nisbet

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! R. M. Nisbet has an academic affiliation as follows - University of California, Santa Barbara.

Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Demography
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > General
3Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Biological Sciences > Biology > Biology
4Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Biological Sciences > Ecology
5Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Mathematics > Applied > General
6Books > Subjects > Science > Biological Sciences > Biology > General
7Books > Subjects > Science > Mathematics > Applied > General

Reviews - What do customers think about Modelling Fluctuating Populations?

Excellent service  Apr 11, 2007
Although the book had a slightly worn cover rather than being brand new as advertised, at only 10% of the (exorbitant) cover price it was still an excellent deal. Shipping was prompt.

Write your own review about Modelling Fluctuating Populations

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding Modelling Fluctuating Populations

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy