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Introduction to Population Biology

Roberto Kraenkel

Institute for Theoretical Physics, UNESP, São Paulo, Brazil

Outline

This is a course on basic population biology, with applications to ecology and epidemiology. You will find the previous year's lectures on http://www.ictp-saifr.org/mathbio2 and in the links in the section “Past schools” in the sidebar.

Topics

Follow the links for handouts and supplementary material:

Suggested Readings

If you have a background in physics or mathematics

J. Murray : Mathematical Biology I ( Springer, 2002), chapters 1, 3, 10 and 11.

N. F. Britton, Essential Mathematical Biology (Springer,2003).

If you have a background in biology

N. J. Gotelli, A Primer of Ecology (Sinauer, 2001, third edition), chapters 1, 2, 5 and 6 (very basic)

Complex Population Dynamics. Peter Turchin, Princeton Univ Press, 2003. (basic + more advanced topics)

If you think that you need to revise your knowledge on calculus, you may want to take a look at

S. P. Otto and T. Day, A Biologist’s Guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Evolution (Princeton U. Press, 2007).

Matthiopoulos, J. (2011). How to be a quantitative ecologist: the'A to R'of green mathematics and statistics. John Wiley & Sons.

Model fitting

History and epistemology

Kingsland, S. 1995. Modeling nature-Episodes in the history of population ecology. The Chicago University Press, Chicago.

Keller, E. F. 2009. Making sense of life: Explaining biological development with models, metaphors, and machines. Harvard University Press.

Wigner on unreasonable efectiveness of math

Venue and further information

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