Description 
xiii, 164 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm 
Contents 
Machine generated contents note: Part I. Introduction: Movement: 1. Empirical motivation for studying movement; 2. Statistical physics of biological motion; 3. Random walks and Le;vy flights; 4. Wandering albatrosses; Part II. Experimental Findings: 5. Early studies; 6. Evidence of anomalous diffusion; 7. Human dispersal; 8. How strong is the evidence?; Part III. Theory of Foraging: 9. Optimizing encounter rates; 10. Le;vy flight foraging; 11. Other search models; Part IV. Finale: A Broader Context: 12. Superdiffusive random searches; 13. Adaptational versus emergent superdiffusion; 14. Perspectives and open problems; Appendices; References; Index 
Summary 
"Do the movements of animals, including humans, follow patterns that can be described quantitatively by simple laws of motion? If so, then why? These questions have attracted the attention of scientists in many disciplines, and stimulated debates ranging from ecological matters to queries such as 'how can there be free will if one follows a law of motion?' This is the first book on this rapidly evolving subject, introducing random searches and foraging in a way that can be understood by readers without a previous background on the subject. It reviews theory as well as experiment, addresses open problems and perspectives, and discusses applications ranging from the colonization of Madagascar by Austronesians to the diffusion of genetically modified crops. The book will interest physicists working in the field of anomalous diffusion and movement ecology as well as ecologists already familiar with the concepts and methods of statistical physics" 
Notes 
Formerly CIP. Uk 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 140160) and index 
Subject 
Animal behavior  Mathematical models.


Animal ecology  Mathematical models.


Animal mechanics  Mathematics.


Biological invasions  Mathematical models.


Equations of motion.


Home range (Animal geography)  Mathematical models.


Appetitive Behavior.


Biophysical Phenomena.


Ecology.


Models, Statistical.

Author 
Viswanathan, Gandhimohan M.

LC no. 
2011002166 
ISBN 
1107006791 (hardback) 

9781107006799 (hardback) 
