Author: Stephen P. Ellner
Title: Data-driven Modelling of Structured Populations A Practical Guide to the Integral Projection Model (Lecture Notes on Mathematical Modelling in the Life Sciences)
Print Length: 329
Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch
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This book is a ‘How To’ guide formodeling population dynamics using Integral Projection Models (IPM) startingfrom observational data. It is written by a leading research team in this areaand includes code in the R language (in the text and online) to carry out allcomputations. The intended audience are ecologists, evolutionary biologists,and mathematical biologists interested in developing data-driven models foranimal and plant populations. IPMs may seem hard as they involve integrals. Theaim of this book is to demystify IPMs, so they become the model of choice forpopulations structured by size or other continuously varying traits. The bookuses real examples of increasing complexity to show how the life-cycle of thestudy organism naturally leads to the appropriate statistical analysis, whichleads directly to the IPM itself. A wide range of model types and analyses arepresented, including model construction, computational methods, and theunderlying theory, with the more technical material in Boxes and Appendices.Self-contained R code which replicates all of the figures and calculationswithin the text is available to readers on GitHub.Stephen P. Ellner is Horace White Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, USA, Dylan Z. Childs is Lecturer and NERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at The University of Sheffield, UK, Mark Rees is Professor in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at The University of Sheffield, UK.