Ecologists and environmental managers rely on mathematical models, both to understand ecological systems and to predict future system behaviour. In turn, models rely on appropriate estimates of their parameters. This book brings together a diverse and scattered literature, to provide clear guidance on how to estimate parameters for models of animal populations. It is not a recipe book of statistical procedures. Instead, it concentrates on how to select the best approach to parameter estimation for a particular problem, and how to ensure that the quality estimated is the appropriate one for the specific purpose of the modeling exercise.
1. Introduction 2. Parameter Estimation Toolbox 3. Population Size 4. Vital Statistics: Birth, Death And Growth Rates 5. Rate Of Increase Of A Population 6. Density Dependence 7. Spatial Parameters 8. Competition 9. Predator-Prey, Host-Parasitoid And Plant-Herbivore Models 10. Host-Pathogen And Host-Parasite Models 11. The State Of The Art References Index