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Dispersal, Individual Movement and Spatial Ecology

A Mathematical Perspective

  • Mark A. Lewis
  • Philip K. Maini
  • Sergei V. Petrovskii

Part of the Lecture Notes in Mathematics book series (LNM, volume 2071)

Also part of the Mathematical Biosciences Subseries book sub series (LNMBIOS, volume 2071)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Individual Animal Movement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Frederic Bartumeus, Ernesto P. Raposo, Gandhi M. Viswanathan, Marcos G. E. da Luz
      Pages 3-32
    3. Michael J. Plank, Marie Auger-Méthé, Edward A. Codling
      Pages 33-52
  3. From Individuals to Populations

  4. Populations, Communities and Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Horst Malchow, Alex James, Richard Brown
      Pages 293-305
    3. Natalia Petrovskaya, Nina Embleton, Sergei V. Petrovskii
      Pages 355-385
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 387-388

About this book


Dispersal of plants and animals is one of the most fascinating subjects in ecology. It has long been recognized as an important factor affecting ecosystem dynamics. Dispersal is apparently a phenomenon of biological origin; however, because of its complexity, it cannot be studied comprehensively by biological methods alone. Deeper insights into dispersal properties and implications require interdisciplinary approaches involving biologists, ecologists and mathematicians. The purpose of this book is to provide a forum for researches with different backgrounds and expertise and to ensure further advances in the study of dispersal and spatial ecology. This book is unique in its attempt to give an overview of dispersal studies across different spatial scales, such as the scale of individual movement, the population scale and the scale of communities and ecosystems. It is written by top-level experts in the field of dispersal modeling and covers a wide range of problems ranging from the identification of Levy walks in animal movement to the implications of dispersal on an evolutionary timescale.


Biological invasion Dispersal Hybrid modelling M31000, M13003, L19147, L19007, M13090, M14068 Pattern formation

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark A. Lewis
    • 1
  • Philip K. Maini
    • 2
  • Sergei V. Petrovskii
    • 3
  1. 1.Mathematical & Statistical SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Mathematical Institute, Centre for Mathematical BiologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom

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