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New book on Biodemography taps Species360 data

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Biodemography: An Introduction to Concepts and Methods covers baseline demographic models and concepts such as Lexis diagrams, mortality, fecundity, and population theory. Informative “biodemographic shorts” cover data visualization and management, and more than 150 illustrations of models and equations — several of which demonstrate the impact of Species360 data.
Authors: James R. Carey, is Distinguished Professor of Entomology at the University of California, Davis, and Senior Scholar, Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging, University of California, Berkeley, and Deborah A. Roach is Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, University Virginia, and former President of the Evolutionary Demography Society.

By establishing a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to demography, one that brings together a diverse range of concepts, models, and applications, the new book Biodemography (Princeton Press, 2020) delivers the first synthesis of demography and biology of its kind.

“This book, without a doubt, will be the most authoritative reference for population managers because it integrates the natural science of biology with formal human demography,” said Species360 Director of Science Dalia A. Conde.

Using data modeling, among many concepts delivered, the authors demonstrate how animal data curated and shared by Species360 zoo and aquarium members opens up new understanding of age-specific species reproduction.

“The confluence of the original new data now becoming available from zoos and aquariums (Species360), the cohort and population models that constitute the corpus of both classical demography and population biology, and the nascent but rapidly-emerging field of biodemography create conditions for advancing both basic and applied ecology that are as exciting and stimulating as they are complementary and synergistic. The Species360 databases now and in the future will, without question, be central to this scientific quest,” says James R. Carey, distinguished professor of entomology at the University of California (UC), Davis, and lead author (with Deborah Roach) of Biodemography.

Read also: COMMENTARY / The potential importance of zoo and aquarium data: A biodemographer’s perspective, with James R. Carey


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