Combining behavior and population dynamics

Ecologists and evolutionists should be interested in behavior because of its impact on population dynamics (behaviorists, on the other hand, find behavior itself interesting). Our analysis of a simple situation shows how quickly things can become complex. Meier et al. (1994) provide a more formal mathematical analysis of strange attractors associated with the classical models of host-parasitoid systems. Comins and Hassell (1979) aim to bridge the gap between foraging models and population models and conclude that although foraging behavior is important for the quantitative details, the qualitative ones do not change much; but there is still much to be done.

0 0

Post a comment