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The Theory of Island Biogeography
Preface to the Princeton Landmarks in Biology Edition vii Preface xi Symbols Used xiii 1. The Importance of Islands 3 2. Area and Number of Speicies 8 3. Further Explanations of the Area-DiversityExpand
The Limiting Similarity, Convergence, and Divergence of Coexisting Species
TLDR
The total number of species is proportional to the total range of the environment divided by the niche breadth of the species, which is reduced by unequal abundance of resources but increased by adding to the dimensionality of the niche. Expand
The Problem of Pattern and Scale in Ecology: The Robert H. MacArthur Award Lecture
It is argued that the problem of pattern and scale is the central problem in ecology, unifying population biology and ecosystems science, and marrying basic and applied ecology. Applied challenges,Expand
On Optimal Use of a Patchy Environment
A graphical method is discussed which allows a specification of the optimal diet of a predator in terms of the net amount of energy gained from a capture of prey as compared to the energy expended inExpand
AN EQUILIBRIUM THEORY OF INSULAR ZOOGEOGRAPHY
As the area of sampling A increases in an ecologically uniform area, the number of plant and animal species s increases in an approximately logarithmic manner, or s = bAk, (1) where k < 1, as shownExpand
Graphical Representation and Stability Conditions of Predator-Prey Interactions
TLDR
The general nature of the predator-prey interaction has been depicted as a graph of predator versus prey densities from which conditions for stability of the interaction are predicted, and variations of the graph are introduced, and it is shown that an otherwise unstable interaction may be stabilized by the presence of either an inviolable prey hiding place, or extremely low predation pressure. Expand
Mathematical Ecology and Its Place among the Sciences. (Book Reviews: Geographical Ecology. Patterns in the Distribution of Species)
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This book is the summation of the life work of one of the most influential scientists of the authors' time and will continue to be read by anyone concerned with biological ideas. Expand
ON THE RELATIVE ABUNDANCE OF BIRD SPECIES.
  • R. Macarthur
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 15 March 1957
TLDR
The observed populations are not under the control of very local or rapid temporal processes; i.e., they are in a near-equilibrium state, and the hypotheses will be ones which yield an equilibrium or near-Equilibrium population. Expand
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