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Free supplementary material available on the author's website involving problems using both Mathematica and Maple
Text offers nice balance of theory and application
Concentration is on applications in population biology, epidemiology, and resource management
As the world population exceeds the six billion mark, questions of population explosion, of how many people the earth can support and under which conditions, become pressing. Some of the questions and challenges raised can be addressed through the use of mathemathical models, but not all. The goal of this book is to search for a balance between simple and analyzable models and unsolvable models which are capable of addressing important questions such as these. Part I focusses on single-species simple models including those which have been used to predict the growth of human and animal population in the past. Single population models are, in some sense, the building blocks of more realistic models - the subject of Part II. Their role is fundamental to the study of ecological and demographic processes including the role of population structure and spatial heterogeneity - the subject of Part III. This book, which includes both examples and exercises, will be useful to practitioners, graduate students, and scientists working in the field.
Preface * Ackn. * Prologue * Part I: Simple Single-Species Models * 1 Continuous Population Models * 2 Discrete Population Models * 3 Continuous single-species Population Models with Delays * Part II: Models for Interacting Species * 4 Introduction and Mathematical Preliminaries * 5 Continuous models for two interacting populations * 6 Harvesting in two-species models * Part III: Structured Population Models * 7 Basic ideas of Mathematical Epidemiology * 8 Models for population with age structure * Epilogue * Answers to selected Exercises * References