Modelling in Behavioural Ecology

Modelling in Behavioural Ecology

Published in: TIMBER PRESS
Release Year: 1986
ISBN: 978-94-011-6568-6
Pages: 225
Edition: First Edition
File Size: 6 MB
File Type: pdf
Language: English

Description of Modelling in Behavioural Ecology

This book began as a series of lectures delivered to final year zoologists at the The University of Nottingham and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. I am indebted to Chris Barnard, and Pete Garson for letting me try out chunks of the book on their final year behavioural ecologists; my thanks to those students who helped make the book better than the lectures.
In order to gain insight into the development of mathematical models and counter the feeling that they are plucked from thin air, I have been careful to augment the published models with much unpublished (and some unpublishable!) material. I am especially grateful to John Krebs, Alex Kacelnik, Tom Caraco, Richard Sibly, David McFarland, Ron Ydenberg, Alasdair Houston, and Professor John Maynard Smith for a free and frank discussion of their models (, warts and all' as one of them put it).
A great number of people helped get this book off the ground. I would especially like to thank Alex Kacelnik, Tom Caraco, Chris Barnard, Des Thompson, Andy Hart, Richard Sibly, Robin McCleery, David McFarland, Ron Ydenberg, Alasdair Houston, Professor William Hamilton and John Lazarus for reading various chunks of die manuscript. I am especially grateful to John Lazarus for working his way through the entire book, discussing modelling in general and games theory in particular. David Stretch fed me with ideas, and Philip Jones gave me a crash revision course on solving differential equations. My thanks also to Rebecca Torrance for preparing the chapter vignettes. My greatest debt is to my wife Wendy and son Tom without whom I would probably have completed this book long before the contract

Content of Modelling in Behavioural Ecology

Chapter 1. Introduction 1
Chapter 2. Mathematical Methods 7
Chapter 3. Optimizing a Single Behaviour 1: Optimal Foraging
Theory 35
Chapter 4. Optimizing a Single Behaviour 2: Stochastic Models of
Foraging Behaviour 58
Chapter 5. Temporal Patterns: Vigilance in Birds 83
Chapter 6. Behaviour Sequences: Feeding and Vigilance 103
Chapter 7. Short-term and Long-term Optimality Models:

Territoriality 123
Chapter 8. Games Theory Models: Social Behaviour 162
Chapter 9. Conclusions 196
Appendix 1: Greek Symbols
Appendix 2: Indices

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