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I would recommend this book to those seeking an overview of modern theoretical ecology and those seeking an easy access point to any one of the main topics covered. British Ecological Society bulletin 2008 39:1

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Robert May is Professor of Zoology at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London. His research, first at Princeton University and since 1988 at Oxford University, has dealt with the ways in which plant and animal populations - either singly or in interacting communities - change over time, especially in response to natural or human-created disturbance. His work on chaos, on how infectious diseases can influence the numerical abundance or geographical distribution of populations (including applications to humans and HIV/AIDS), on estimating species' numbers and rates of extinction, and more generally on conservation biology have been recognised by several major International Prizes (Crafoord, Balzan, Blue Planet). He has been Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government (1995-2000), President of the Royal Society (2000-2005), and in 2001 was one of the first appointees to the UK Upper House by the Independent House of Lords Appointments Commission.

Angela McLean is Professor of Mathematical Biology in the Department of Zoology and Director of the Institute for Emergent Infections of Humans in the James Martin 21st Century School. Her research interests lie in the use of mathematical models to aid our understanding of the evolution and spread of infectious agents. This encompasses modelling of the dynamics of infections and immune responses within individual hosts as well as models of the spread of infections from one host to another

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An excellent resource for any ecologist 2 Nov 2007
By Brian M. Napoletano - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides an excellent synopsis of the major topics in theoretical ecology. After making a strong case for the value of theory in ecology, the text reviews many of the classical and contemporary models used to examine single-species dynamics, metapopulations, predator-prey interactions, population dynamics (esp. plants), species compositions, the relationships between diversity and stability and community-level patterns. The text then devotes several chapters to the human dimensions of ecology, discussing topics such as food production, fisheries, conservation and climate change. The authors of these later chapters discuss ways in which the models presented in the first section can be used to address some of these conservation issues. May then concludes the volume with a brief synopsis and a series of interesting philosophical questions. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it highly to anyone in ecology.
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May and McLean's Theoretical Ecology 8 Feb 2008
By Dennis Simanaitis - Published on Amazon.com
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I have had interest in mathematical ecology for a long time, albeit only as a dabbler. In fact, back when I was in teaching I met Prof. May. He was a giant of the field back then and continues to be now.
The book takes each of its topics, and gives sufficient background to help you appreciate current questions. For one outside the field, it's more than a little challenging. But, then again, that's why I bought it.
The book arrived promptly and in fine shape. I'm very pleased with the purchase and service. -- Dennis Simanaitis
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