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Population Systems

A General Introduction


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Population Systems

  3. Systems of Interacting Populations

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 199-222

About this book


This book is concerned with the general principles and theories of population ecology, based on the idea that the rules governing the dynamics of populations are relatively simple, and that the rich behavior we observe in nature is a consequence of the structure of the system rather than of the complexity of the underlying rules. From this perspective, the dynamic behavior of single-species populations is examined and an elementary feedback model of the population system is developed. This single-species model is refined and generalized by examining the mechanisms of population regulation. Graphical procedures are developed for evaluating the behavior of populations inhabiting variable environments, which are then applied to the analysis of interactions between two species. Finally, spatial effects on population behavior and communities composed of many interacting species are examined.


Behavior Ecology Population dynamics Population ecology Population regulation Population system biology environment

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Washington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology ASCRČeské Budějovice

Bibliographic information


From the reviews of the second edition:

"This text aims to build a concept of models and thus show how the more complex ideas can be understood. … This is a detailed, technical publication which would be best suited to students of theoretical ecology. … the gradual building of the model means that a wide range of readers will gain something from the text. … Overall, a good text for the specialist and a useful reference for those really wanting to understand the theory of modelling from the ground up." (Thermoelectric News, July, 2008)

"Berryman (Washington State Univ.) and Kindlmann (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic) address the general principles and theories of population ecology using simplified interpretations of general systems theory and graphical procedures. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through research and faculty collections." (R. L. Smith, Choice, Vol. 46 (4), December, 2008)