Predation, Herbivory and Parasitism Contents

  • Section 1. The Natural History of Parasitism, Herbivory, and Predation Types of species interactions. Categorizing parasitic lifestyles. Prey and plant defenses to exploitation.
  • Section 2. Lynx + Hare: A Model of Predatory-Prey Dynamics Predator-prey cycles and the Lotka-Volterra predator-prey equation. The effect of predation rate and other rates on cycling and extinction risk. Interactions between food availability and predation.
  • Section 3. Predator-Prey Dynamics in a Complex World How phase planes and isoclines visualize mathematical models. Assumptions of the Lotka-Volterra model. Effects of density dependence. Prey refuges and metapopulation dynamics.
  • Section 4. Functional Responses to Exploitation Type I, II, and III functional response curves. Functional response and the environment.
  • Section 5. The Evolutionary Arms Race Coevolution between parasites and hosts. Mutation rate and disease dynamics. Coevolution and the red queen hypothesis.