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Predicting Spatial Effects in Ecological Systems
Edited by: Robert H. Gardner

Lectures on Mathematics in the Life Sciences
1993; 168 pp; softcover
Volume: 23
Reprint/Revision History:
reprinted 1996
ISBN-10: 0-8218-1174-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-1174-0
List Price: US$44
Member Price: US$35.20
Order Code: LLSCI/23
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This collection of papers addresses a variety of problems and approaches for predicting spatial effects in ecological systems. The central themes are the characterization of effects, exploration of mechanisms, and understanding of consequences of spatial heterogeneity on ecological systems. Discussed here are the spatial dynamics of natural systems and the impact of economic and sociological changes, as well as recent adaptation methods from statistical lattice physics. Progress in dealing with spatial effects in ecological systems is accelerating as faster computers access the extensive data sets available from remote sensing. The new mathematical approaches presented here will be especially useful for identifying the effect of landscape change on ecosystem productivity and sustainability. Balancing theoretical development and empirical testing, this book provides an excellent introduction to the scope and scale of issues to be addressed in predicting change in ecological systems. Mathematicians and ecologists interested in these issues will find this book useful, and individual chapters will be of interest to physicists, econometricians, landscape ecologists, and human ecologists.

Individual members of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the Society for Mathematical Biology may order at the individual member prices.


Mathematicians and ecologists who are interested in the modeling and analysis of ecological process in space and time.

Table of Contents

  • S. A. Levin -- Introductory remarks
  • J. Pastor, J. Bonde, C. Johnston, and R. J. Naiman -- Markovian analysis of the spatially dependent dynamics of beaver ponds
  • V. H. Dale, F. Southworth, R. V. O'Neill, A. Rosen, and R. Frohn -- Simulating spatial patterns of land-use change in Rondônia, Brazil
  • D. W. Jones and R. V. O'Neill -- A two-sector model of land use and deforestation: Funding urban development with a tax on urban and rural employment
  • D. P. Coffin, W. K. Lauenroth, and I. C. Burke -- Spatial dynamics in recovery of shortgrass steppe ecosystems
  • B. T. Milne and A. R. Johnson -- Renormalization relations for scale transformation in ecology
  • R. E. Plotnick and R. H. Gardner -- Lattices and landscapes
  • R. H. Gardner -- Concluding remarks
  • J. Pastor, J. Bonde, C. Johnston, and R. J. Naiman -- Appendix, Markov matrices
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