Discovering Evolutionary Ecology Bringing Together Ecology and Evolution

ISBN-10: 0198525281

ISBN-13: 9780198525288

Edition: 2005

Authors: Peter J. Mayhew

List price: $75.00
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Why are some kinds of organism species-rich and others species-poor? How do new species arise and why do some go extinct? Why do organisms grow and behave the way they do? This book provides an introduction to evolutionary ecology, the science that brings ecology and evolution together to help understand biological diversity. In a concise, readable format, Peter Mayhew covers the entire breadth of the subject, from life histories and the evolution of sex, to speciation and macroecology. Many emerging fields are also introduced, such as metabolic ecology, the evolution of population dynamics, and the evolution of global ecology. Discovering Evolutionary Ecology highlights the connections between these different subject areas, and for the first time paints a picture of a truly integrated field. It illustrates the research tools utilized, and demonstrates how advances in one area can spur on developments elsewhere when scientists combine evolutionary and ecological knowledge. To maximize accessibility, the book assumes only a basic knowledge of biology, includes a comprehensive glossary, and contains almost no maths. Each chapter provides suggestions for further reading, and there is also an extensive reference list. Ideal as an introduction to evolutionary ecology for undergraduates, this book will also interest established researchers, providing a broad and up-to-date context for their work.
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Book details

List price: $75.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Preface: What is evolutionary ecology?
How do ecology and evolution interact?
How did complexity arise and spread?
How did ecological transitions arise and spread?
What kind of life history?
How far to disperse?
How many males and females?
How does behaviour evolve?
How do botanical traits evolve?
How do ecological interactions evolve?
How do lineages split, how much do they change, and how do they terminate?
How does evolution vary from place to place?
How many species in a community or a clade?
What have we learnt and how have we done it?
References
Index
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