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Modeling Populations of Adaptive Individuals

Steven F. Railsback and Bret C. Harvey


Ecologists now recognize that the dynamics of populations, communities, and ecosystems are strongly affected by adaptive individual behaviors. Yet until now, we have lacked effective and flexible methods for modeling such dynamics. Traditional ecological models become impractical with the inclusion of behavior, and the optimization approaches of behavioral ecology cannot be used when future conditions are unpredictable due to feedbacks from the behavior of other individuals. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to state- and prediction-based theory, or SPT, a powerful new approach t ... More

Keywords: populations, communities, ecosystems, individual behavior, prediction-based theory, state-based theory, behavioral ecology, trade-off behaviors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691195285
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691195285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven F. Railsback, author
Humboldt State University

Bret C. Harvey, author
Humboldt State University