Introduction to Population Biology

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 29, 2018 - Science
How do plant and animal populations change genetically to evolve and adapt to their local environments? How do populations grow and interact with one another through competition and predation? How does behaviour influence ecology and evolution? This second edition of Dick Neal's unique textbook on population biology addresses these questions and offers a comprehensive analysis of evolutionary theory in the areas of ecology, population genetics, and behaviour. Taking a quantitative and Darwinian perspective, Neal uses mathematical models to develop the basic theory of population processes. Key features in this edition include new chapters on inbreeding and species interactions and community structure, a modified structure in Part II, more recent empirical examples to illustrate the application of theoretical models to the world around us, and end-of-chapter problems to help students with self-assessment. A series of spreadsheet simulations have also been conveniently located online, for students to further improve their understanding of such models.
 

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Contents

Evolution by Natural Selection
1
DarwinTs Evolutionary Theories
15
Understanding Natural Selection
27
Population Growth Models
43
3
52
Logistic Growth
56
Life Tables
69
7
82
Haploid and Zygotic Selection
202
Applying Zygotic Selection Models to Natural Systems
218
Polygenic Inheritance and Quantitative Genetics
239
Summary and Synthesis
256
Interactions between Species
269
3
289
PredatorPrey Interactions
297
Species Interactions and Community Structure
325

Evolution of Life Histories
100
Population Genetics and Evolution
123
Mutation and the Genetic Variation of Populations
139
Genetic Drift and Effective Population Size
156
Inbreeding
173
13
183
Animal Behaviour Altruism
345
Sexual Selection and Mating Systems
367
43
378
Epilogue
386
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Dick Neal is Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, having taught undergraduate ecology for almost forty years. His thesis on Ugandan rodents was conducted at the Nuffield Unit of Tropical Ecology in Uganda, and he continued this research on the breeding of African rodents with sabbaticals in National Parks in Kenya (1974–5) and Zimbabwe, (1987–88, 1990). Other research areas have included the impacts of uranium mine effluent on aquatic ecosystems; effects on the structure and function of plankton communities; and the bioremediation of contaminated pits.

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