Evolutionary Ecology

ISBN-10: 0321042883

ISBN-13: 9780321042880

Edition: 6th 2000

Authors: Eric R. Pianka

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Book details

List price: $161.00
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/16/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 6.25" wide x 7.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Preface
Background
Scaling in Biology
Scientific Methods and Human Knowledge
Domain of Ecology: Definitions and Groundwork
The Urgency of Basic Ecological Research
Natural Selection
Levels of Approach in Biology
Debates and Progress in Ecology
History and Biogeography
Self-Replicating Molecular Assemblages
The Geological Past
Classical Biogeography
Continental Drift
Meteorology
Earth's Physical Environment
Major Determinants of Climate
Local Perturbations
Variations in Time and Space
Global Weather Modification
Climate and Vegetation
Plant Life Forms and Biomes
Microclimate
Primary Production and Evapotranspiration
Soil Formation and Primary Succession
Ecotones and Vegetational Continua
Classification of Natural Communities
Aquatic Ecosystems
Resource Acquisition and Allocation
Limiting Factors and Tolerance Curves
Resource Budgets and the Principle of Allocation
Time, Matter, and Energy Budgets
Leaf Tactics
Foraging Tactics and Feeding Efficiency
Physiological Ecology
Physiological Optima and Tolerance Curves
Energetics of Metabolism and Movement
Adaptation and Deterioration of Environment
Heat Budgets and Thermal Ecology
Water Economy in Desert Organisms
Other Limiting Materials
Sensory Capacities and Environmental Cues
Adaptive Suites
Design Constraints
Rules of Inheritance
Basic Mendelian Genetics
Nature versus Nurture
Selfish Genes
Population Genetics
Maintenance of Variability
Units of Selection
Genetic Engineering
Evolution and Natural Selection
Agents of Evolution
Types of Natural Selection
Ecological Genetics
Allopatric and Sympatric Speciation
Reproductive Isolating Mechanisms
Galapagos Finches
Vital Statistics of Populations
Individuals Versus Populations
Life Tables and Tables of Reproduction
Net Reproductive Rate and Reproductive Value
Stable Age Distribution
Leslie Matrices
Intrinsic Rate of Natural Increase
Demographic and Environmental Stochasticity
Evolution of Reproductive Tactics
Reproductive Effort
Expenditure per Progeny
Patterns in Avian Clutch Sizes
Evolution of Death Rates and Old Age
Joint Evolution of Rates of Reproduction and Mortality
Population Growth and Regulation
Verhulst-Pearl Logistic Equation
Derivation of the Logistic Equation
Density Dependence and Density Independence
Opportunistic versus Equilibrium Populations
Population Regulation
Population "Cycles": Cause and Effect
Sociality
Use of Space: Home Range and Territoriality
Sex
Sex Ratio
Sexual Selection and Mating Systems
Fitness and an Individual's Status in Its Population
Social Behavior and Kin Selection
The Evolution of Self-Deceipt
Interactions Between Populations
Direct Interactions
Complex Population Interactions
Mutualistic Interactions and Symbiotic Relationships
Indirect Interactions
Competition
Mechanisms of Competition
Lotka-Volterra Competition Equations
Competitive Exclusion
Balance Between Intraspecific and Interspecific Competition
Evolutionary Consequences of Competition
Laboratory Experiments
Evidence from Nature
Other Prospects
The Ecological Niche
History and Definitions
The Hypervolume Model
Niche Overlap and Competition
Niche Dynamics
Niche Dimensionality
Niche Breadth
Evolution of Niches
Experimental Ecology
Design of Experiments
Ecological Experiments
A Defaunation Experiment
Predation and Parasitism
Predation
Predator-Prey Oscillations
"Prudent" Predation and Optimal Yield
Selected Experiments and Observations
Evolutionary Consequences: Prey Escape Tactics
Parasitism
Epidemiology
Darwinian Medicine
Coevolution
Phylogenetics in Ecology
Phylogenetic Systematics
Vicariance Biogeography
Phylogeny and the Modern Comparative Method
Phylogenetically Independent Contrasts
Evolutionary Ecomorphology
Community and Ecosystem Ecology
Systems and Macrodescriptors
Systems Ecology
Compartmentation
The Community Matrix
Biogeochemical Cycles in Ecosystems
Principles of Thermodynamics
Pyramids of Energy, Numbers, and Biomass
Energy Flow and Ecological Energetics
Secondary Succession
Evolutionary Convergence and Ecological Equivalence
Community Evolution
Pseudocommunities
Landscape Ecology and Macroecology
Biodiversity and Community Stability
Saturation with Individuals and with Species
Species Diversity
Latitudinal Gradients in Diversity
Types of Stability
Community Stability
Island Biogeography and Conservation Biology
Species-Area Relationships
Equilibrium Theory of Island Biogeography
Islands as Ecological Experiments: Some Examples
The Taxon Cycle
Experimental Biogeography
Conservation Biology
References
Index
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