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Ecological Orbits

How Planets Move and Populations Grow

Lev Ginzburg, Mark Colyvan

A famous ecologist and a philosopher of science team up to offer a fresh new approach to population biology and ecology. Challenging the traditionally accepted Lotka-Volterra model, which is based on predator-prey interactions, this new model emphasizes maternal effects, specifically the significance of a mother's interest in the success of her female offspring.
1: On Earth as it is in the Heavens
2: Does Ecology Have Laws?
3: Equilibrium and Accelerated Death
4: The Maternal E ect Hypothesis
5: Predator-Prey Interactions and the Period of Cycling
6: Inertial Growth
7: Practical Consequences
8: Shadows on the Wall
A Notes and Further Reading
B Essential Features of the Maternal Effect Model
C Appreciations

Lev Ginzburg , Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, SUNY at Stony Brook

Mark Colyvan , Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Queensland, Australia

"A free-flowing essay on the theoretical foundations of ecology. This is a delightful little book... I recommend it highly as a true pleasure to read."--Physics Today

"Ginzburg and Colyvan suggest that some difficulties of environmental management stem from the fact that our current tools ignore the inertial aspects of population dynamics. If they are correct, Ecological Orbits ought to become an instant classic, one to be read by every professional and aspiring ecologist and environmental biologist." --Science