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Module Reading List

Population Dynamics, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr Keith Hamer
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Ecology textbooks and useful book chapters

Begon, M., Harper, J.L. & Townsend, C.R. (2006) Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems. 4th Ed. Blackwell, Oxford.

Rockwood, R.R. (2006) Introduction to population ecology . Blackwell, Oxford

Krebs, C.J. (2009) Ecology . 6th Ed. Pearson, London

Morris, W.F. & Doag, D.F. (2002) Quantitative conservation biology : theory and practice of population viability analysis Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA

Begon, M., Mortimer, M. & Thompson, D.J. (1996) Population ecology : a unified study of animals and plants 3rd Ed., Blackwell, Oxford

Gillman, M. & Hails, R. (1997) An introduction to ecological modelling : putting practice into theory Blackwell Science, Oxford. (Chapters 1 & 2)

Hanski, I. & Gilpin, M. (1997) Metapopulation biology : ecology, genetics, and evolution Academic Press, London. (Chapters 1 and 2)

Mills, L. Scott. (2012) Conservation of Wildlife Populations: Demography, Genetics, and Management, 2nd Edition, Wiley-Blackwell

May & McLean (2007) Theoretical ecology : principles and applications Oxford : Oxford University Press


The following older books and chapters are also still worth a look:

Crawley, M.J. (1992) Natural enemies : the population biology of predators, parasites and diseases . Blackwell, Oxford

Sinclair, A.R.E. (1989) Population regulation in animals. In Ecological concepts (ed. J.M.Cherrett) Blackwell, Oxford.

Strong, D.R., Lawton, J.H. & Southwood, T.R.E. (1984) Insects on plants : community patterns and mechanisms . Blackwell Science, Oxford.

Strong, D.R., Simberloff, D., Abele, L.G. & Thistle, A.B. (1984) Ecological communities : conceptual issues and the evidence Princeton University Press

Ricklefs, R.E. & Schluter, D. (1993) Species diversity in ecological communities : historical and geographical perspectives . University of Chicago Press.


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General Techniques Books

These will be useful for the laboratory classes (and ecological field courses and projects next year). In many respects the three books below are alternatives. Southwood is now a bit dated, but is still a very useful source of information and references on various techniques. It is not easy to read. Both Krebs and Sutherland are newer books, and more reader-friendly. Krebs is rather expensive. Sutherland’s book is narrower in its approach (only census techniques), but is good value and has an entertaining chapter on "The twenty commonest censusing sins".

Krebs, C.J. (1999) Ecological methodology Harper Collins, New York.

Sutherland, W.J. (1996) Ecological census techniques : a handbook Cambridge University Press.

Southwood, T.R.E. (1978) Ecological Methods. 2nd ed., Chapman & Hall, London.

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Books on Statistics

If you do not already have an introductory statistics book then you might want to buy one of the ones below. They’re very readable (for statistics books!).

Dytham, C. (1999) Choosing and using statistics : a biologists guide Blackwell, Oxford.

Ennos, R. (2000) Statistical and data handling skills in biology Prentice Hall, London.

Fowler, J., Cohen, L. & Jarvis, P. (1998) Practical statistics for field biology John Wiley Chichester.

In addition the following might be useful for reference. Sokal & Rohlf (1995) and Zar (1999) are regarded by many as definitive statistics books for biologists. Siegel & Castellan (1988) is probably the best-known non-parametric statistics book. Non-parametric tests are now widely used by ecologists, because many field data do not follow a normal distribution (counts and population estimates, diversity indices etc.).

Rohlf, F.J. & Sokal, R.R. (1995) Statistical tables . 3rd ed. Freeman & Co., New York.

Siegel, S. & Castellan, N.J. (1988) Nonparametric statistics for the behavioral sciences . 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, New York.

Sokal, R.R. & Rohlf, F.J. (1995) Biometry . 3rd ed. Freeman & Co., New York.

Zar, J.H. (1999) Biostatistical analysis 4th ed. Prentice Hall, New Jersey.

This list was last updated on 06/08/2013