Discovering Evolutionary Ecology: Bringing together ecology and evolution

Paperback | January 5, 2006

byPeter J. Mayhew

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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 helpunderstand 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 populationdynamics, 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 areacan 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, andthere 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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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 helpunderstand biological diversity. In a conci...

Peter Mayhew read Zoology at Oxford, and did his Ph.D. at Imperial College, London, studying reproductive behaviour in insects. He spent two years as a researcher at Leiden in the Netherlands, before becoming a Lecturer in Ecology at the University of York. His research combines many aspects of ecology and evolution, and includes life...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.56 inPublished:January 5, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198525288

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction: Where two fields meet2. Evolutionary cover stories: the major transitions in evolution3. Brave new worlds: the major transitions in ecology4. Traits, invariants, and theories of everything: life history evolution5. Sons, daughters and distorters: sex allocation and sex determining mechanisms6. Voyagers, residents, and sleepers: evolution of dormancy and dispersal7. Doing adaptive things: behavioural ecology, applied to plants8. Evolution and numbers: evolution and population dynamics9. A world of specialists: evolution of niche width10. The good, the bad, and the commensal: evolution of antagonism and mutualism11. Evolving together: coevolution12. Birth of species: ecology and speciation mechanisms13. Death of species: evolution and ecology and extinction mechanisms14. Big evolution: macroevolution15. Big ecology: macroecology16. Combining in diversity: synthesisReferencesGlossaryIndex

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"This book reflects a high level of scholarship and attention to production detail."--ECOLOGY