Maximum Entropy and Ecology: A Theory of Abundance, by John Harte

By John Harte

This pioneering graduate textbook presents readers with the suggestions and useful instruments required to appreciate the utmost entropy precept, and use it on an realizing of ecological styles. instead of construction and mixing mechanistic types of ecosystems, the method is grounded in info conception and the common sense of inference. Paralleling the derivation of thermodynamics from the utmost entropy precept, the kingdom variable conception of ecology developed
in this publication predicts lifelike types for all metrics of ecology that describe styles within the distribution, abundance, and energetics of species over a number of spatial scales, quite a lot of habitats, and various taxonomic groups.

The first a part of the ebook is foundational, discussing the character of idea, the connection of ecology to different sciences, and the idea that of the good judgment of inference. next sections current the basics of macroecology and of extreme details entropy, ranging from first rules. The center of the booklet integrates those primary ideas, resulting in the derivation and trying out of the predictions of the utmost entropy concept of ecology (METE). a last part broadens the book's
perspective by means of displaying how METE will help make clear numerous significant matters in conservation biology, putting it in context with different theories and highlighting avenues for destiny research.

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