Dragonflies and Damselflies: Model Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research

Paperback | January 15, 2010

EditorAlex Cordoba-Aguilar

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Dragonflies and Damselflies documents the latest advances in odonate biology and relates these to a broader ecological and evolutionary research agenda. Despite being one of the smallest insect orders, dragonflies offer a number of advantages for both laboratory and field studies. In fact,they have been crucial to the advancement of our understanding of insect ecology and evolution. This book provides a critical summary of the major advances in these fields. Contributions from many of the leading researchers in dragonfly biology offer new perspectives and paradigms as well asadditional, unpublished, data. The editor has carefully assembled a mix of theoretical and applied chapters (including those addressing conservation and monitoring) and achieves a balance of emerging and established research topics, providing suggestions for future study in each case. This accessible text is not about dragonflies per se but an essential source of knowledge that describes how different sets of evolutionary and ecological principles/ideas have been tested on a particular taxon. It will therefore be suitable for graduate students and researchers in entomology,evolutionary biology, population and behavioural ecology, and conservation biology. It will of course be of particular interest and use to those working on insects and an indispensable reference text for odonate biologists.

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Dragonflies and Damselflies documents the latest advances in odonate biology and relates these to a broader ecological and evolutionary research agenda. Despite being one of the smallest insect orders, dragonflies offer a number of advantages for both laboratory and field studies. In fact,they have been crucial to the advancement of ou...

Alex Cordoba-Aguilar received his PhD from Sheffield University (UK) in 1999 and since 2003 has been working as a researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He and his students have studied the ecology and evolution of several insect species using mainly dragonflies as study subjects. Alex's major scientific interests ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199567581

ISBN - 13:9780199567584

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Table of Contents

Phillip Corbet: Foreward1. Alex Cordoba-Aguilar: IntroductionStudies in Ecology2. Adolfo Cordero-Rivera and Robby Stoks: Mark-recapture studies and demography3. Patrick W. Crumrine, Paul V. Switzer and Philip H. Crowley: Structure and dynamics of odonate communities: accessing habitat, responding to risk, and enabling reproduction4. Robby Stoks, Frank Johansson and Marjan De Block: Life history plasticity under time stress in damselfly larvae5. Mark A. McPeek: Ecological factors limiting the distributions and abundances of Odonata6. Michael L. May and John H. Matthews: Migration in Odonata: A case study of iAnax junius/i7. Beat Oertli: Dragonflies in the assessment and the monitoring of aquatic habitats8. Michael J. Samways: Dragonflies as focal organisms in contemporary conservation biology9. John P. Simaika and Michael J. Samways: Valuing dragonflies as service providersStudies in Evolution10. Frank Johansson and Dirk Johannes Mikolajewski: Evolution of morphological defences11. Katja Tynkkynen, Janne S. Kotiaho and Erik I. Svensson: Interspecific interactions and premating reproductive isolation12. Walter D. Koenig: Lifetime reproductive success and sexual selection theory13. Bradley R. Anholt: Fitness landscapes, mortality schedules, and mating systems14. Mark R. Forbes and Tonia Robb: Testing hypotheses about parasite-mediated selection using odonate hosts15. Alex Cordoba-Aguila and Adolfo Cordero-Rivera: Cryptic female choice and sexual conflict16. Jukka Suhonen, Markus J. Rantala and Johanna Honkavaara: Territoriality in Odonates17. Hans Van Gossum, Tom Sherratt and Adolfo Cordero: The evolution of sex-limited colour polymorphisms18. M. Alejandro Serrano-Meneses, Alex Cordoba-Aguila and Tamas Szekely: Sexual size dimorphism: patterns and processes19. James H. Marden: Dragonfly flight performance: a model system for biomechanics, physiological genetics, and animal competitive behavior20. R.J. Wootton and David J. S. Newman: Evolution, diversification and mechanics of dragonfly wingsAppendicesIndex

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"The information presented in this book provides a fascinating insight into the ecology of Odonata...This book provides a wealth of interesting information about the behaviour of these fascinating insects...This is a fascinating and authoritative book" --Trends in Ecology and Evolution