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Mathematics in Population Biology
Horst R. Thieme

Paperback | 2003 | $105.00 | £87.95 | ISBN: 9780691092911
568 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4 | 28 line illus.
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The formulation, analysis, and re-evaluation of mathematical models in population biology has become a valuable source of insight to mathematicians and biologists alike. This book presents an overview and selected sample of these results and ideas, organized by biological theme rather than mathematical concept, with an emphasis on helping the reader develop appropriate modeling skills through use of well-chosen and varied examples.

Part I starts with unstructured single species population models, particularly in the framework of continuous time models, then adding the most rudimentary stage structure with variable stage duration. The theme of stage structure in an age-dependent context is developed in Part II, covering demographic concepts, such as life expectation and variance of life length, and their dynamic consequences. In Part III, the author considers the dynamic interplay of host and parasite populations, i.e., the epidemics and endemics of infectious diseases. The theme of stage structure continues here in the analysis of different stages of infection and of age-structure that is instrumental in optimizing vaccination strategies.

Each section concludes with exercises, some with solutions, and suggestions for further study. The level of mathematics is relatively modest; a "toolbox" provides a summary of required results in differential equations, integration, and integral equations. In addition, a selection of Maple worksheets is provided.

The book provides an authoritative tour through a dazzling ensemble of topics and is both an ideal introduction to the subject and reference for researchers.


Mathematics in Population Biology provides a rigorous mathematical treatment of a wide variety of [models]. The attention to mathematical details is emphasized much more in this book than in many other popular mathematical biology textbooks and will be of particular interest to mathematicians. . . . In addition, this book is an excellent reference for researchers interested in learning more about the mathematics behind the models of population biology."--Linda J. S. Allen, SIAM Review


"This is an inspiring book, which is carefully written in rich language. What I like in particular is the systematic use of submodels for behavioral processes on short time scales to derive model ingredients for population changes on longer time scales."--Odo Diekmann, University of Utrecht

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