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The fundamental concepts of animal population are misunderstood; this book draws a road map to the future development of ecology.
1. Hunting strategies of predators as revealed in field studies of great tits; 2. The paradox of crypsis: is it effective against visual predation?; 3. Logistic law of population growth: what is it really?; 4. Reproduction curves and their utilities; 5. Generalization of the logistic model; 6. Scramble and contest competition: what is the difference?; 7. Regulation of populations: its myths and real nature; 8. Predator-prey interaction processes; 9. Interspecific competition processes; 10. Observations, analyses, and interpretations: a personal view through the spruce budworm studies.
Tom Royama is well known for his field studies of Great Tit and Spruce Budworm, and his contribution to theoretical ecology through the innovative application of stochastic processes. His previous book, Analytical Population Dynamics (1992), had a significant impact on population ecology. He was also a recipient of a Gold Medal of Entomological Society of Canada in 1994.