Organism and Environment: Ecological Development, Niche Construction, and Adaptation

Paperback | October 10, 2015

bySonia E. Sultan

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Over the past decade, advances in both molecular developmental biology and evolutionary ecology have made possible a new understanding of organisms as dynamic systems interacting with their environments. This innovative book synthesizes a wealth of recent research findings to examine howenvironments influence phenotypic expression in individual organisms (ecological development or "eco-devo"), and how organisms in turn alter their environments (niche construction). A key argument explored throughout the book is that ecological interactions as well as natural selection are shaped bythese dual organism-environment effects. This synthesis is particularly timely as biologists seek a unified contemporary framework in which to investigate the developmental outcomes, ecological success, and evolutionary prospects of organisms in rapidly changing environments. Organism and Environment is an advanced text suitable for graduate level students taking seminar courses in ecology, evolution, and developmental biology, as well as academics and researchers in these fields.

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Over the past decade, advances in both molecular developmental biology and evolutionary ecology have made possible a new understanding of organisms as dynamic systems interacting with their environments. This innovative book synthesizes a wealth of recent research findings to examine howenvironments influence phenotypic expression in ...

Sonia E. Sultan is Professor of Biology and Professor of Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University, where her research group studies plant ecological development. She has long been a major contributor to the empirical and conceptual literatures on individual plasticity and its relation to ecological breadth and adaptive evolution. S...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.46 inPublished:October 10, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019958706X

ISBN - 13:9780199587063

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Table of Contents

1. The Environmental Context of Development2. The Organism-Environment Relationship: Ecological niches, adaptation, eco-devo and niche construction3. Mechanisms of Plasticity: Eco-Devo pathways as environmental cue and response systems4. Ecological Development as Niche Construction: How plasticity shapes the environment an organism experiences5. Habitat Construction and Functional Feedbacks: How organisms modify their external conditions6. Community-level Consequences of Habitat Construction and Eco-devo Responses7. Natural Selection in the Light of the Organism-Environment Relationship8. Epilogue: Research directions and real-world challenges