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As the area enters the recent millennium, mankind faces a sequence ofnew prob­ lems, lots of them created via guy himself. those comprise overpopulation, air and water pollutants, international warming, accumulation of greenhouse gases, darnage to the ozone layer and lack of biodiversity. might be those difficulties have been round even past in an incipient degree, yet they've got now assumed worldwide proportions and are uppermost within the minds of all. A typical con­ series is greater curiosity in sciences attached with those difficulties. Ecology is a box that's immensely worthy in knowing lots of them. within the seventies, nature conservation grew to become a priority of large sections of society, way past the small crew of professional ecologists. Species extinc­ tion and depletion of organic assets have been visible as significant threats to human welfare. It used to be for that reason traditional for scientists from diverse disci­ plines to hunt purposes at the back of those advancements. We have been no exceptions and while chance to engage with ecologists as statistreal specialists got here, we came upon ourselves interpreting progressively more of ecology and evolution­ ary biology. a number of years in the past we proposed beginning of an optional one semester path on statistical ecology for graduate scholars of information of Pune University.

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Pinder et al (1978 ) have several examples of real data on survivorship of birds in which Weibull model provides a satisfactory summary. 3. BATH TUB MODELS In case of many organisms the hazard rate for the entire life span is not expected to be constant or even monotone. It is generally decreasing in infancy, constant during adulthood and increasing in old age. Pinder et al (1978) therefore recognize that to use the Weibull model it is necessary to discard either data on infancy or on old age. A realistic hazard function for the whole life span has to have what has been called a bath tub shape.

Thus V x is a scaled value. If V x = 2, it means female at age x has twice the reproductive value compared to a newborn female. The concept of reproductive value has important implications in ecology and evolution. Removing or harvesting individuals with low reproductive value is prudent. It is better to seil or eat eggs which have lower reproductive value compared to an egg laying hen. A salmon fernale that lays eggs just once before death has no reproductive value after spawning, and hence can be harvested without any effect on future population.

If 1 < r < 2 then -1 < 1 - r < 0 and fH m alternates on either side of zero depending on whether m is even or odd but gradually tends to zero. This is t hus a case of damped oscillations. ~ 2, then we have oscillations which are not damped. Instead the deviations go on increasing with m if r exceeds 2. This shows that density dependence does not automatically lead to stability. Now, as the deviations €t get bigger, Nt moves away from ]( and the approximation involved in ignoring €~ becomes untenable.

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