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Diffusion and Ecological Problems: Modern Perspectives

Okubo, Akira, Levin, Smon A.

First edition published as volume 10 in the Series: Biomathematics

2nd ed. 2001, XX, 468 p.

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This substantially expanded and updated version of the classic 1980 book by the late Akira Okubo traces the developments that have flowed from the original work, building on detailed notes he left for revision. The first edition was a comprehensive treatment of the use of diffusion models in ecology that integrated rigorous mathematical theory and substantive applications. Enormous in scope, covering a wide variety of topics and including models of spread, critical patch size, and grouping, it has remained one of the most popular books in mathematical biology and has stimulated extensive research in the two decades since its publication. In this volume, friends and disciples of Okubo incorporate a wide range of results from their own fields that build upon the framework he first established.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Biomathematics - Ecology - biophysics - diffusion models - ecosystem - ecosystems - mathematics

Related subjects » Biophysics & Biological Physics - Ecology - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology

Table of contents / Errata 

1 Introduction: The Mathematics of Ecological Diffusion * 2 The Basics of Diffusion * 3 Passive Diffusion in Ecosystems * 4 Diffusion of 'Smell' and 'Taste': Chemical Communication * 5 Mathematical Treatment of Biological Diffusion * 6 Some Examples of Animal Diffusion * 7 The Dynamics of Animal Grouping * 8 Animal Movements in Home Range * 9 Patchy Distribution and Diffusion * 10 Population Dynamics in Temporal and Spatial Domains * References * Author Index * Subject Index

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