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Ecological Orbits: How Planets Move and Populations Grow

Lev Ginzburg and Mark Colyvan


The main focus of the book is the presentation of the inertial view of population growth. This view provides a rather simple model for complex population dynamics, and is achieved at the level of the single species without invoking species interactions. An important part of the account is the maternal effect. Investment of mothers in the quality of their daughters makes the rate of reproduction of the current generation depend not only on the current environment, but also on the environment experienced by the previous generation.

Keywords: population ecology, mathematical models, philosophy of science, maternal effect, inertial population growth, differential equations, philosophy of ecology, laws of ecology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195168167
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lev Ginzburg, author
SUNY at Stony Brook

Mark Colyvan, author
University of Queensland