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Theory-Based Ecology: A Darwinian approach

Liz Pásztor, Zoltán Botta-Dukát, Gabriella Magyar, Tamás Czárán, and Géza Meszéna


Taking a fresh look at Darwin’s original theory of the origin of species and following the road paved by Gause, Hutchinson, MacArthur, and Levins a consistent system of fundamental principles is revealed, one that makes the integration of ecology possible. These principles are explained, formalized, and illustrated by mutually compatible mathematical models in this book, demonstrating how this coherent modelling approach helps to explain or predict actual population and community dynamics and patterns on the field or in the lab. At the core of the Darwinian theory of ecology lies a generalized ... More

Keywords: ecological principles, reproductive units, fitness, exponential growth, population regulation, niche theory, coexistence, competitive exclusion, process-based ecology, ecological models

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577859
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577859.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Liz Pásztor, author
Department of Genetics, Eötvös University

Zoltán Botta-Dukát, author
MTA Centre for Ecological Research

Gabriella Magyar, author
Formerly of Department of Plant Systematics, Ecology and Theoretical Biology, Eötvös University