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Lotka-Volterra Curve

In nature, many of the phenomena that capture our attention, such as the sight of a large predator in pursuit of prey, involve two or more interacting species. Alfred James Lotka (1880–1949) and Vito Volterra (1860–1940) independently developed a simple model to explain interactions between predators and prey, unlike the single species model. Born in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, then called Lemburg, Austria, Lotka was raised in France and arrived in the United States in 1902. He worked for U.S. government institutions—including the Bureau of Standards—followed by a position at Johns Hopkins University, before retiring as a statistician from the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in New York in 1947. At that time, biologists were seeking ways to analyze the relationships of organisms with their ...

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