Hacking GLMs to fit population growth models

I’m currently teaching Ecological Statistics and Data, a class I inherited from Lee Brown and Elizabeth Crone. In a lecture on population dynamics, they do some really cool things with generalized linear model—things that I don’t think are standard practice and as far as I can tell from googling, aren’t well documented. And let me tell you, I did a lot of googling to make sure I understood this stuff before teaching it.