Plant and Animal Populations: Methods in Demography

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This text/reference addresses the ever-increasing challenges of documenting population demographic changes, and will serve as a bridge from introductory ecology to both applied and theoretical demography. It emphasizes the analysis of population data taken from a wide variety of organisms, including terrestrial and aquatic plants and animals found in habitats from equatorial rain forests to the arctic tundra. The book also contains computer programs that are written in BASIC and include tools for population projection, matrix analysis using both sensitivity and elasticity, individual growth and survival models, and the analysis of size-frequency distributions.

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* Includes BASIC programs for analysis of capture-recapture data, matrices, growth models, size-frequency distribution, survival models, and many others
* Contains worked examples from a wide range of animals and plants
* Emphasizes actual data

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The analysis of animal and plant life cycles is central to the management and conservation of species. Furthermore, any understanding of the evolution of life history characteristics depends on traits such as life span, schedules of births and death, and growth and survival estimates. Plant and Animal Populations is a bridge from introductory ecology to both applied and theoretical demography. Emphasis is on the analysis of population data taken from a wide variety of organisms. Examples come from terrestrial and aquatic plants and also from animals found in equatorial rain forests to the arctic tundra. The computer programs provided are written in BASIC and include tools for population projection, matrix analysis using both sensitivity and elasticity, individual growth and survival models, and analysis of size-frequency distributions. Certain to be widely used both as a text and as a reference, Plant and Animal Populations addresses the ever-increasing challenges of documenting population demographic changes.

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"This book presents a complete course in single-species demographic analysis, combined with a series of computer programs and algorithms that perform the numerically dependent routines. It provides lots of useful information and techniques and provides a comprehensive introduction to the analytical side of demographic modeling. This book could form the basis for a good course in demographic modeling. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for a reasonably readable bridge into the daunting world of demographic analysis."
--Robert P. Freckleton in ECOLOGY (July 1999)
"This is an excellent book, well fitted to its intended purpose."
--Jonathan Silvertown in JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY (1999)
"What it does it does soundly, providing anyone with demographic data from animal or plant populations with the standard methodology for its analysis."
--Laurence Cook in BIOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY

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