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Mathematical Ecology

Kevin S. McCann

in Ecology

ISBN: 9780199830060
Published online May 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199830060-0004
Mathematical Ecology

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Most people do not think of mathematics when they think of ecology. Nonetheless, mathematical ecology has a long and storied history, with mathematics playing a major role in the development of a simplifying framework for studying nature’s vastly complex ecological systems. Ecologists are often interested in how populations, communities, and ecosystems change in space and time; fortunately, there exists a branch of mathematics developed specifically to deal with dynamics, known as dynamical systems theory. Math continues to play a significant, and arguably growing, role in the development of ecology today. In this article, major papers and books that introduce the vast area of research that is mathematical ecology are identified.

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Subjects: Applied Ecology (Environmental Science) ; Ecology and Conservation ; Plant Ecology ; Zoology and Animal Sciences

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