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Introduction to Population Biology

2nd Edition


  • Author: Dick Neal, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107605121
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  • 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.

    • Offers a quantitative and Darwinian perspective on population biology
    • The book expressly links evolutionary processes with those of ecology
    • The book is packed full of worked examples and problem sets with solutions
    • Gives a broad treatment of the basic theory of natural selection, population genetics, population ecology and behavioural ecology
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    'Neal's book is a masterly synthesis of evolutionary biology and ecology that integrates recent developments in both fields and explains their biological significance. An ideal starting text for students of organismal biology.' Tim Clutton-Brock, University of Cambridge

    'This is by far the best textbook produced so far that combines evolution, ecology and population genetics. A thorough theoretical analysis suitable for advanced-level undergraduates. Fully recommended.' Anthony R. E. Sinclair, University of British Columbia

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107605121
    • length: 460 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 188 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.99kg
    • contains: 221 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Evolution by Natural Selection:
    1. Darwin questions the fixity of species
    2. Darwin's evolutionary theories
    3. Understanding natural selection
    Part II. Population Growth Models:
    4. Exponential growth
    5. Logistic growth
    6. Life tables
    7. Growth of age-structured and stage-structured populations
    8. Evolution of life histories
    Part III. Population Genetics and Evolution
    9. The Hardy-Weinberg principle
    10. Mutation and the genetic variation of populations
    11. Genetic drift and effective population size
    12. Inbreeding
    13. Migration, gene flow and differentiation of populations
    14. Haploid and zygotic selection
    15. Applying zygotic selection models to natural systems
    16. Polygenic inheritance and quantitative genetics
    17. Population genetics: summary and synthesis
    Part IV. Interactions between Species, and Community Structure:
    18. Interspecific competition
    19. Predator-prey interactions
    20. Species interactions and community structure
    Part V. Animal Behaviour, Altruism, and Sexual Selection:
    21. Animal behaviour, altruism, and limiting aggression
    22. Sexual selection and mating systems
    23. Epilogue
    Solutions to problems

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    Dick Neal, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
    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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