StructuredPopulation Models in Marine, Terrestrial, and Freshwater Systems
Volume 18 of the series Population and Community Biology Series pp 1958
Matrix Methods for Population Analysis
 Hal Caswell
Abstract
Matrix models for structured populations were introduced by P. H. Leslie in the 1940’s (Leslie 1945, 1948). Although they are in some ways the simplest of the mathematical approaches to structured population modeling (see Chapter 1), their analysis requires computational power. For this reason, and because ecologists of the day viewed matrix algebra as an esoteric branch of advanced mathematics, they were largely neglected until the late 1960’s, when they were rediscovered by ecologists (Lefkovitch 1965) and human demographers (Goodman 1967; Keyfltz 1967). In the 1970’s, matrix models were adopted by plant ecologists, who discovered that they could easily handle the complexity of plant life cycles in which size or developmental stage was more important than chronological age in determining the fate of individuals (Sarukhán & Gadgil 1974; Hartshorn 1975; Werner & Caswell 1977).
 Title
 Matrix Methods for Population Analysis
 Book Title
 StructuredPopulation Models in Marine, Terrestrial, and Freshwater Systems
 Book Part
 Part I
 Pages
 pp 1958
 Copyright
 1997
 DOI
 10.1007/9781461559733_2
 Print ISBN
 9780412072710
 Online ISBN
 9781461559733
 Series Title
 Population and Community Biology Series
 Series Volume
 18
 Publisher
 Springer US
 Copyright Holder
 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
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 Shripad Tuljapurkar ^{(4)}
 Hal Caswell ^{(5)}
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 4. Mountain View Research
 5. Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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