A Biologist's Guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Evolution

A Biologist's Guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Evolution

Sarah P. Otto

Thirty years in the past, biologists may well get by way of with a rudimentary take hold of of arithmetic and modeling. no longer so this present day. In looking to resolution primary questions about how organic structures functionality and alter over the years, the fashionable biologist is as prone to depend upon subtle mathematical and computer-based versions as conventional fieldwork. during this ebook, Sarah Otto and Troy Day offer biology scholars with the instruments essential to either interpret versions and to construct their own.

The ebook begins at an straightforward point of mathematical modeling, assuming that the reader has had highschool arithmetic and first-year calculus. Otto and Day then steadily construct extensive and complexity, from vintage types in ecology and evolution to extra difficult class-structured and probabilistic versions. The authors supply primers with instructive workouts to introduce readers to the extra complex matters of linear algebra and chance conception. via examples, they describe how types were used to appreciate such issues because the unfold of HIV, chaos, the age constitution of a rustic, speciation, and extinction.

Ecologists and evolutionary biologists this day want adequate mathematical education which will investigate the facility and bounds of organic versions and to strengthen theories and versions themselves. This leading edge publication should be an integral advisor to the area of mathematical types for the subsequent new release of biologists.

  • A how-to consultant for constructing new mathematical versions in biology
  • Provides step by step recipes for developing and interpreting versions
  • Interesting organic functions
  • Explores classical types in ecology and evolution
  • Questions on the finish of each bankruptcy
  • Primers disguise very important mathematical subject matters
  • Exercises with solutions
  • Appendixes summarize invaluable ideas
  • Labs and complex fabric available

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