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Introduction to Population Biology

Roberto Kraenkel

Institute for Theoretical Physics, UNESP, São Paulo, Brazil


This is a course on basic population biology, with applications to ecology and epidemiology. You will find the previous year's lectures on and in the links in the section “Past schools” in the sidebar.


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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