Introduction to Behavioural Ecology

ISBN-10: 1405114169
ISBN-13: 9781405114165
Edition: 4th 2012
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Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 3/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

This textbook helped to define the field of Behavioural Ecology. In this fourth edition the text has been completely revised, with new chapters and many new illustrations and colour photographs. The theme, once again, is the influence of natural selection on behaviour - an animal's struggle to survive and reproduce by exploiting and competing for resources, avoiding predators, selecting mates and caring for offspring, - and how animal societies reflect both cooperation and conflict among individuals. Written in the same engaging and lucid style as the previous editions, the authors explain the latest theoretical ideas using examples from micro-organisms, invertebrates and vertebrates. There are boxed sections for some topics and marginal notes help guide the reader. The book will be essential reading for students of behavioural ecology, animal behaviour and evolutionary biology.

NlCK DAVIES is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College.He was born on the Lancashire coast, where night- jars and pink-footed geese inspired his passion for birdwatching from an early age. After a first degree at Cambridge, he did his doctorate at the Edward Grey Institute, Oxford University, studying the territorial behaviour of Pied Wagtails. He then returned to the Zoology Department at Cambridge, where he did his famous work on the variable mating system of the Dunnock. For the past fifteen years he has studied the interactions between the Common Cuckoo and its hosts, and his students have worked on other brood parasites, including cuckoos in Africa, cowbirds in South America, and the Moorhen, a species that para- sitises its own kind.His previous books include Dunnock Behaviour and Social Evolution and (with John Kreb) An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology.He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and his awards include the Medal of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour and a Cambridge University Teaching Prize.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Natural Selection, Ecology and Behaviour
Watching and wondering
Natural selection
Genes and behaviour
Selfish individuals or group advantage?
Phenotypic plasticity: climate change and breeding times
Behaviour, ecology and evolution
Summary
Further Reading
Topics for discussion
Testing Hypotheses in Behavioural Ecology
The comparative approach
Breeding behaviour of gulls in relation to predation risk
Social organization of weaver birds
Social organization in African ungulates
Limitations of early comparative studies
Comparative approach to primate ecology and behaviour
Using phylogenies in comparative analysis
The comparative approach reviewed
Experimental studies of adaptation
Summary
Further Reading
Topics for discussion
Economic Decisions and the Individual
The economics of carrying a load
The economics of prey choice
Sampling and information
The risk of starvation
Environmental variability, body reserves and food storing
Food storing birds: from behavioural ecology to neuroscience
The evolution of cognition
Feeding and danger: a trade-off
Social learning
Optimality models and behaviour: an overview
Summary
Further Reading
Topics for discussion
Predators versus Prey: Evolutionary Arms Races
Red Queen evolution
Predators versus cryptic prey
Enhancing camouflage
Warning colouration: aposematism
Mimicry
Trade-offs in prey defences
Cuckoos versus hosts
Summary
Further Reading
Topics for discussion
Competing for Resources
The Hawk�Dove game
Competition by exploitation: the ideal free distribution
Competition by resource defence: the despotic distribution
The ideal free distribution with unequal competitors
The economics of resource defence
Producers and scroungers
Alternative mating strategies and tactics
ESS thinking
Animal personalities
Summary
Further Reading
Topics for discussion
Living in Groups
How grouping can reduce predation
How grouping can improve foraging
Evolution of group living: shoaling in guppies
Group size and skew
Group decision making
Summary
Further Reading
Topics for discussion
Sexual Selection, Sperm Competition and Sexual Conflict
Males and females
Parental investment and sexual competition
Why do females invest more in offspring care than do males?
Evidence for sexual selection
Why are females choosy?
Genetic benefits from female choice: two hypotheses
Testing the hypotheses for genetic benefits
Sexual selection in females and male choice
Sex differences in competition
Sperm competition
Constraints on mate choice and extra-pair matings
Sexual conflict
Sexual conflict: who wins?
Chase-away sexual selection
Summary
Further Reading
Topics for discussion
Parental Care and Family Conflicts
Evolution of parental care
Parental investment: a parent�s optimum

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