As mentioned in our earlier post, Sally Otto (new MacArthur Fellowship recipient, yay!) is co-author with Troy Day of A Biologist’s Guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Evolution. This book is intended for undergraduate biology courses and starts at an elementary level of mathematical modeling, assuming that the reader has had high school mathematics and first-year calculus. It then gradually builds in depth and complexity, from classic models in ecology and evolution to more intricate class-structured and probabilistic models.

Sample chapters of this book are available on our web site:

Chapter 1, Mathematical Modeling in Biology (PDF)

Chapter 6, General Solutions and Transformations—One-Variable Models (PDF)

Chapter 13, Probabilistic Models (PDF)

Supplemental material for instructors is also available online at the authors’ web site: http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/biomath/.

Examination copies are available via the instructions here.