• R. M. May
Conference paper


Most elementary textbooks in population biology and population genetics deal with homogeneous collections of individuals, studying the way population density or gene frequency changes over time in response to ecological and evolutionary forces. More detailed investigations recognize the age-structure within a population, often using techniques borrowed from actuarial studies of humans, to explore the demographic consequences of age-specific birth and death rates.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. M. May
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  1. 1.Biology DepartmentPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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