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By Alan A. Berryman, Pavel Kindlmann

This publication is anxious with the overall rules and theories of inhabitants ecology, according to the concept that the principles governing the dynamics of populations are particularly uncomplicated, and that the wealthy habit we realize in nature is a final result of the constitution of the method instead of of the complexity of the underlying principles. From this angle, the dynamic habit of single-species populations is tested and an uncomplicated suggestions version of the inhabitants procedure is built. This single-species version is sophisticated and generalized by means of analyzing the mechanisms of inhabitants law. Graphical systems are constructed for comparing the habit of populations inhabiting variable environments, that are then utilized to the research of interactions among species. eventually, spatial results on inhabitants habit and groups composed of many interacting species are tested.

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22 1 A Brief Look at Systems in General Fig. 9. Chapter Summary The main points discussed in Chapter 1 are emphasized below: 1. A system is an assemblage of physical objects, parts, or components that interact or communicate with, or are interdependent on each other so as to operate as an integrated whole. The extent or boundary of a particular system is defined by the interests and perspective of the observer. 2. All systems exist in space and time within a larger universe as part of a hierarchy of systems.

This observation may lead us to deduce a similar cause for cyclic population dynamics. It is apparent that the environment plays a decisive role in maintaining or suppressing these cycles and may also be important in synchronizing them. The latter conclusion is based on the observation that population cycles are frequently in phase over broad geographic regions, and sometimes even between different species of organism. This means that the forces involved in synchronizing the cycles must operate over extensive areas and affect different species similarly, which suggests that climate or weather are probably involved.

16 A spatial pattern produced by the “Game of Life” conditions, but this will require a tremendous amount of time and effort, and there will be no assurance that all possible behaviors have been observed. Thus, the weakness of the empirical approach is that predictions cannot be made with any confidence unless the system has previously been observed operating under similar conditions. An alternative approach is to try to understand and describe the structure and processes of the system. The amount of information required to do this is usually much less than is needed to describe its complete array of dynamic behavior and, if the system is defined accurately, it will accurately predict behaviors that were not previously observed.

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