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Competition is everywhere in biological systems. It crosses multiple levels of organization, including cells within bodies, species within ecosystems, and cultures within human history. Although competition is a ubiquitous force, like gravity, its importance changes with location. One of the challenges of ecology is to determine how the strength of competition varies among habitats and species. Competition explores this problem, and its potential solutions, with examples from a range of natural situations. Although the focus of this book is on interactions among populations and species, examples are selected across the range of biological circumstances, from sperm cells within females to military planning in human history. The book includes a wide array of natural examples, from fungi to dung beetles to trees to salamanders.
Chapter 9 includes a wide-ranging review of models used to study competition. It includes many models that are frequently overlooked. It also discusses the different types of models, and their purposes. You can download a copy of this chapter here.
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