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Evolutionary ecology : concepts and case studies
Fox, Charles W.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xii, 424 pages: illustrations ; 27 cm
Recurring themes. Nature and causes of variation / Susan J. Mazer, John Damuth -- Evolutionary significance of variation / Susan J. Mazer, John Damuth -- Natural selection / Daphne J. Fairbairn, Jeff P. Reeve -- Adaptation / David Reznick, Joseph Travis -- Phenotypic plasticity / Massimo Pigliucci -- Population structure / Leonard Nunney -- Inbreeding and outbreeding / Nickolas M. Waser, Charles F. Williams. Life histories. Age and size at maturity / Derek A. Roff -- Offpsring size and number / Frank J. Messina, Charles W. Fox -- Senescence / Marc Tatar -- Life cycles / Jan A. Pechenik -- Sex and gender / Turk Rhen, David Crews -- Sex ratios and sex allocation / Steven Hecht Orzack -- Ecological specialization and generalization / Douglas J. Futuyma. Behavior. Mating systems / Ann K. Sakai, David F. Westneat -- Sexual selection / Udo M. Savalli -- Cooperation and altruism / David Sloan Wilson -- Foraging behavior / Donald L. Kramer -- The evolutionary ecology of movement / Hugh Dingle, Marcel Holyoak. Interspecific interactions. Ecological character displacement / Dolph Schulter -- Predator-prey interactions / Peter A. Abrams -- Parasite-host interactions / Curtis M. Lively -- Plant-herbivore interactions / May Berenbaum -- Mutualisms / Judith L. Bronstein -- The geographic dynamics of coevolution / John N. Thompson. Adaptation to anthropgenic change. Pesticide resistance / John A. McKenzie -- Predicting the outcome of biological control / Judith H. Myers -- Evolutionary conservation biology / Philip W. Hedrick.

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Evolutionary Ecology simultaneously unifies conceptual and empirical advances in evolutionary ecology and provides a volume that can be used as either a primary textbook or a supplemental reading in an advanced undergraduate or graduate course. The focus of the book is on current concepts inevolutionary ecology, and the empirical study of these concepts. The editors have assembled a group of prominent biologists who have made significant contributions to this field. They both synthesize the current state of knowledge and identify areas for future investigation. Evolutionary Ecologywill be of general interest to researchers and students in both ecology and evolutionary biology. Researchers in evolutionary ecology that want an overview of the current state of the field, and graduate students that want an introduction to the field, will find this book very valuable. This volumecan also be used as a primary textbook or supplemental reading in both upper division and graduate courses/seminars in Evolutionary Ecology.

Author Notes

Charles W. Fox, Associate Professor of Entomology, University of Kentucky. Derek A. Roff, Professor of Biology, McGill University. Daphne J. Fairbairn, Professor of Biology, both at The University of California, Riverside.

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Choice Review

This work introduces many of the important topics in evolutionary ecology. A compilation of chapters written almost exclusively by notable scientists affiliated with North American universities, it requires of readers a strong background in both ecology and evolutionary biology. Each chapter covers a different topic and roughly follows a similar format, giving the whole book a consistency that is unusual in such a collection. The chapters provide an introduction, a historical overview, current research, and models with case studies and future directions of research. The case study approach is well suited for the training of young scientists, as is the suggested areas for future research. The last section discusses anthropogenic questions in evolutionary ecology, and this section may appeal to those studying agriculture and environmental sciences. Eric Pianka's Evolutionary Ecology (6th ed., 2000) covers some basic ecology and evolutionary biology that are by comparison prerequisites to understanding the issues discussed in the book under review. Pianka's book, written in a tremendously readable style as a textbook aimed at biology undergraduates, covers the breadth of evolutionary ecology well. The book under review is recommended for academic libraries with graduate programs in the biological sciences. Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. J. Cummings Washington State University

Table of Contents

Susan J. Mazer and John DamuthSusan J. Mazer and John DamuthDaphne J. Fairbairn and Jeff P. ReeveDavid Reznick and Joseph TravisMassimo PigliucciLeonard NunneyNickolas M. Waser and Charles F. WilliamsDerek A. RoffFrank J. Messina and Charles W. FoxMarc TatarJan A. PechenikTurk Rhen and David CrewsSteven Hecht OrzackDouglas J. FutuymaAnn K. Sakai and David F. WestneatUdo M. SavalliDavid Sloan WilsonDonald L. KramerHugh Dingle and Marcel HolyoakDolph SchluterPeter A. AbramsCurtis M. LivelyMay BerenbaumJudith L. BronsteinJohn N. ThompsonJohn A. McKenzieJudith H. MyersPhilip W. Hedrick
Contributorsp. xi
Part I. Recurring Themes
1. Nature and Causes of Variationp. 3
2. Evolutionary Significance of Variationp. 16
3. Natural Selectionp. 29
4. Adaptationp. 44
5. Phenotypic Plasticityp. 58
6. Population Structurep. 70
7. Inbreeding and Outbreedingp. 84
Part II. Life Histories
8. Age and Size at Maturityp. 99
9. Offspring Size and Numberp. 113
10. Senescencep. 128
11. Life Cyclesp. 142
12. Sex and Genderp. 154
13. Sex Ratios and Sex Allocationp. 165
14. Ecological Specialization and Generalizationp. 177
Part III. Behavior
15. Mating Systemsp. 193
16. Sexual Selectionp. 207
17. Cooperation and Altruismp. 222
18. Foraging Behaviorp. 232
19. The Evolutionary Ecology of Movementp. 247
Part IV. Interspecific Interactions
20. Ecological Character Displacementp. 265
21. Predator-Prey Interactionsp. 277
22. Parasite-Host Interactionsp. 290
23. Plant-Herbivore Interactionsp. 303
24. Mutualismsp. 315
25. The Geographic Dynamics of Coevolutionp. 331
Part V. Adaptation to Anthropogenic Change
26. Pesticide Resistancep. 347
27. Predicting the Outcome of Biological Controlp. 361
28. Evolutionary Conservation Biologyp. 371
Referencesp. 385
Indexp. 415