Phenotypic Plasticity: Functional and Conceptual Approaches

Hardcover | January 15, 2004

EditorThomas J. DeWitt, Samuel M. Scheiner

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Phenotypic plasticity is the range and process of variation in body plan and physiology. This book pulls together recent theoretical advances in phenotypic plasticity, as influenced by evolution and development. The editors and the chapter authors are among the leaders of this exciting andactive subfield. The volume begins with a primer on the basic principles of the subject, and companion chapters on phenotypic plasticity in plants and animals. Of interest to a wide range of researchers on evolution, development, and their interface.

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Phenotypic plasticity is the range and process of variation in body plan and physiology. This book pulls together recent theoretical advances in phenotypic plasticity, as influenced by evolution and development. The editors and the chapter authors are among the leaders of this exciting andactive subfield. The volume begins with a pri...

Thomas J. DeWitt is at Texas AandM University. Samuel M. Scheiner is at Arizona State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 0.71 inPublished:January 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195138962

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DedicationAcknowledgementsPrefaceContentsContributors1. Thomas J. DeWitt and Samuel M. Scheiner: Phenotypic variation from single genotypes: a primer2. Sahotra Sarkar: From the reaktionsnorm to the evolution of adaptive plasticity: a historical sketch, 1909-19953. Jack J. Windig, Carolien G. F. de Kovel, and Gerdien De Jong: Genetics and mechanics of plasticity4. Jean R. David, Patricia Gibert, and Brigitte Moreteau: Evolution of reaction norms5. W. Anthony Frankino and Rudolf A. Raff: Evolutionary importance and pattern of phenotypic plasticity: insights gained from development6. David Berrigan and Samuel M. Scheiner: Models of reaction norm evolution7. Thomas J. DeWitt and R. Brian Langerhans: Integrated solutions to environmental heterogeneity: theory of multimoment reaction norms8. Andrew Sih: A behavioral ecological view of phenotypic plasticity9. Paul Doughty and David N. Reznick: Patterns and analysis of adaptive phenotypic plasticity in animals10. Susan Dudley: Plasticity and the functional ecology of plants11. Jason B. Wolf, Edmund D. Brodie III, and Michael J. Wade: The genotype-environment interaction and evolution when the environment contains genes12. Carl D. Schlichting: The role of phenotypic plasticity in evolutionary diversification13. Samuel M. Scheiner and Thomas J. DeWitt: Future research directionsReferencesIndex

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"...DeWitt and Scheiner's volume provides a useful summary of current work and future directions for the field. As such, it should be on the shelf of evolutionary ecologists, whatever their specialty (genetics, physiology, endocrinology, or behavior). The editors admit that the field is in aphase of logarithmic increase (chap. 13), with much work yet to be done. I am sure the book will recruit more researchers to plasticity research. Many chapters in the volume are excellent, and must-read material for both established scientists and new students of plasticity. -- Bioscience