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Foraging Behavior and Ecology

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ISBN-10: 0226772640

ISBN-13: 9780226772646

Edition: 2007

Authors: David W. Stephens, Ronald C. Ydenberg, Joel S. Brown

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Foraging is fundamental to animal survival and reproduction, yet it is much more than a simple matter of finding food; it is a biological imperative. Animals must find and consume resources to succeed, and they make extraordinary efforts to do so. For instance, pythons rarely eat, but when they do, their meals are large--as much as 60 percent larger than their own bodies. The snake's digestive system is normally dormant, but during digestion metabolic rates can increase fortyfold. A python digesting quietly on the forest floor has the metabolic rate of thoroughbred in a dead heat. This and related foraging processes have broad applications in ecology, cognitive science, anthropology, and conservation biology--and they can be further extrapolated in economics, neurobiology, and computer science. "Foraging "is the first comprehensive review of the topic in more than twenty years. A monumental undertaking, this volume brings together twenty-two experts from throughout the field to offer the latest on the mechanics of foraging, modern foraging theory, and foraging ecology. The fourteen essays cover all the relevant issues, including cognition, individual behavior, caching behavior, parental behavior, antipredator behavior, social behavior, population and community ecology, herbivory, and conservation. Considering a wide range of taxa, from birds to mammals to amphibians, "Foraging" will be the definitive guide to the field.
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Book details

List price: $58.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Foraging: An Overview
Prehistory: Before Foraging Met Danger
Diving and Foraging by the Common Eider
A Two-Player, Symmetric, Matrix Game
A Two-Player Continuous Game
Foraging and Information Processing
Models of Information Use
Neuroethology of Foraging
Glossary
A Nobel Prize in the Molecular Basis of Memory
Neural Mechanisms of Reward
Cognition for Foraging
Learning in the Laboratory
Processing, Herbivory, and Storage
Food Acquisition, Processing, and Digestions
Modeling Digestive Modulation in an Ecological Framework
More than a Matter of Taste
Herbivory
Herbivory versus Carnivory: Different Means for Similar Ends
Animal Farm: Food Provisioning and Abnormal Oral Behaviors in Captive Herbivores
Energy Storage and Expenditure
Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Energy Regulation in Mammals
Energy Stores in Migrating Birds
What Current Models Can and Cannot Tell Us about Adaptive Energy Storage
Modern Foraging Theory
Provisioning
Effects of Social Interactions at Resource Points on Provisioning Tactics
Provisioning and Spatial Patterns of Resource Exploitation
Variance-Sensitive Provisioning
Foraging in the Face of Danger
Allocation of Foraging Effort when Danger Varies over Time
Three Models of Information Flow in Groups
Foraging with Others: Games Social Foragers Play
The Ideal Free Distribution
Genetic Relatedness and Group Size
The Rate-Maximizing Producer-Scrounger Game
Foraging Ecology
Foraging and Population Dynamics
Basic Concepts in Population Dynamics
Community Ecology
Isolegs and Isodars
Foraging and the Ecology of Fear
Stress Hormones and the Predation-Starvation Trade-off
Giving-up Densities
On Foraging Theory, Humans, and the Conservation of Diversity: A Prospectus
Contributors
Literature Cited
Index