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Consumer-Resource Dynamics (MPB-36)
William W. Murdoch, Cheryl J. Briggs, & Roger M. Nisbet

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"Murdoch, Briggs, and Nisbet provide the most insightful development of cohesive ecological theory to have appeared in decades. For those who would say ecology is not making progress, this is the book with which to refute such uninspired myopia. In this era of 'applied' and 'relevant ecology,' a theory book might seem out of place. But we all need to read this book to remind ourselves how hard it is to really understand nature, and to appreciate the discipline of thinking required when deciphering the consequences of those environmental hazards from which we recoil."--Peter Kareiva, Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

"This is a very important, well-written, and well-organized book. Its major contribution is in showing that real consumer-resource dynamics can in fact be understood using a unified theoretical framework. It will appeal to population ecologists but also to applied mathematicians, and will serve as an entrée into theoretical ecology for those with less of a theoretical bent."--Alan Hastings, University of California, Davis

"Consumer-Resource Dynamics is an important book that fills a significant void in the field of theoretical ecology. It brings together the seemingly disparate components of consumer-resource theory under a unifying framework, successfully tackles the challenge of developing models that are both general and testable, and makes complicated mathematical theory accessible to the more empirical minded ecologist. Unlike most books in the field, it presents new theory and new insights, and suggests new empirical directions to pursue. Very well written, it will find a wide audience, from theorists to empiricists, from students to professors, and from basic scientists to applied researchers. It will provide food for thought even to those who are experts in the field."--Priyanga Amarasekare, University of Chicago

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