Life History Evolution by Derek RoffLife History Evolution by Derek Roff

Life History Evolution

byDerek Roff

Paperback | November 24, 2001

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Life History Evolution represents a synthetic approach to the understanding of the evolution of life history variation using the three types of environment (constant, stochastic, predictable) as the focus under which the theory is developed and tested. First, the author outlines a generalframework for the study and analysis of life history variation, bringing together the approaches of quantitative genetic modeling and optimality analysis. Using this framework, he then discusses how life histories evolve in the three different types of environments, each of which presents uniquecharacteristics. The theme of the book is that an understanding of evolutionary change requires analysis at both the genetic and phenotypic levels, and that the environment plays a central role in such analyses. Intended for graduate students and researchers, the book's emphasis is on assumptionsand testing of models. Mathematical processes are described, but mathematical derivations are kept to a minimum. Each chapter includes a summary, and boxes provide supplementary material.
Derek Roff is Professor of Biology at the University of California, Riverside. He earned a B.Sc. at Sydney University, and his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia, with Dr. C. S. Holling. Prior to Life History Evolution, he authored The Evolution of Life Histories: Theory and Analysis and Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics (bot...
Title:Life History EvolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:465 pages, 9.21 × 7.01 × 0.98 inPublished:November 24, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0878937560

ISBN - 13:9780878937561


Editorial Reviews

"This is a book filled with lots of ideas, interesting problems and methods, and is a great entry into the literature of life history theory."--Marc Mangel, University of California, Santa Cruz