Population Parameters: Estimation for Ecological Models

McCallum, H. I. Population Parameters: Estimation for Ecological Models. United Kingdom: Blackwell Science, Ltd, 2000. doi:10.1002/9780470757468

Author McCallum, H. I.
Title Population Parameters: Estimation for Ecological Models
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Science, Ltd
Publication year 2000
Sub-type Research book (original research)
DOI 10.1002/9780470757468
Open Access Status
ISBN 0865427402
Language eng
Start page 1
End page 348
Total number of pages 348
Subjects A2
270500 Zoology
780105 Biological sciences
Abstract/Summary Ecologists and environmental managers rely on mathematical models, both to understand ecological systems and to predict future system behavior. In turn, models rely on appropriate estimates of their parameters. This book brings together a diverse and scattered literature, to provide clear guidance on how to estimate parameters for models of animal populations. It is not a recipe book of statistical procedures. Instead, it concentrates on how to select the best approach to parameter estimation for a particular problem, and how to ensure that the quality estimated is the appropriate one for the specific purpose of the modelling exercise. Commencing with a toolbox of useful generic approaches to parameter estimation, the book deals with methods for estimating parameters for single populations. These parameters include population size, birth and death rates, and the population growth rate. For such parameters, rigorous statistical theory has been developed, and software is readily available. The problem is to select the optimal sampling design and method of analysis. The second part of the book deals with parameters that describe spatial dynamics, and ecological interactions such as competition, predation and parasitism. Here the principle problems are designing appropriate experiments and ensuring that the quantities measured by the experiments are relevant to the ecological models in which they will be used. This book will be essential reading for ecological researchers, postgraduate students and environmental managers who need to address an ecological problem through a population model. It is accessible to anyone with an understanding of basic statistical methods and population ecology.
Q-Index Code A2
Institutional Status UQ

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