Thirty years ago, biologists could get by with a rudimentary grasp of mathematics and modeling. Not so today. In seeking to answer fundamental questions about how biological systems function and change over time, the modern biologist is as likely to rely on sophisticated mathematical and computerbased models as traditional fieldwork. In this book, Sarah Otto and Troy Day provide biology students with the tools necessary to both interpret models and to build their own. The book starts at an elementary level of mathematical modeling, assuming that the reader has had high school mathematics and firstyear calculus. Otto and Day then gradually build in depth and complexity, from classic models in ecology and evolution to more intricate classstructured and probabilistic models. The authors provide primers with instructive exercises to introduce readers to the more advanced subjects of linear algebra and probability theory. Through examples, they describe how models have been used to understand such topics as the spread of HIV, chaos, the age structure of a country, speciation, and extinction. Ecologists and evolutionary biologists today need enough mathematical training to be able to assess the power and limits of biological models and to develop theories and models themselves. This innovative book will be an indispensable guide to the world of mathematical models for the next generation of biologists. * A howto guide for developing new mathematical models in biology * Provides stepbystep recipes for constructing and analyzing models * Interesting biological applications * Explores classical models in ecology and evolution * Questions at the end of every chapter * Primers cover important mathematical topics * Exercises with answers * Appendixes summarize useful rules * Labs and advanced material available
About Sarah P. Otto
Sarah P. Otto is Professor of Zoology at the University of British Columbia. Troy Day is Associate Professor of Mathematics and Biology at Queen's UniversityDetails Book
Author  :  Sarah P. Otto 
Publisher  :  Princeton University Press 
Data Published  :  20 February 2007 
ISBN  :  0691123446 
EAN  :  9780691123448 
Format Book  :  PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT 
Number of Pages  :  744 pages 
Age +  :  15 years 
Language  :  English 
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