Wednesday, February 27, 2008

New Book Profile: Population Ecology

New Book Profile

Title: Population Ecology: An Introduction to Computer Simulations (QH352.B458 2003: New Book shelf)
Author: Ruth Bernstein
Publisher: Wiley
Year: 2003
159 pages

Aimed at undergraduates with no prior experience, this text provides simple, straightforward instruction for using MATLAB to explore simulations in ecology, conservation, and population biology. Chapters include step-by-step code, as well as explanations of the equations used to create simulations. Each chapter has a specific goal dealing with topics such as population growth, population invasions, the Leslie Matrix, predator-prey dynamics, foraging, and more. Each chapter's exercise is meant to take no more than 2 hours, and the stepped approach is designed to keep the focus on the topics being studied rather than the computational aspect.

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