The Adaptive Landscape in Evolutionary Biology

Paperback | June 10, 2012

EditorErik Svensson, Ryan Calsbeek

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The 'Adaptive Landscape' has been a central concept in population genetics and evolutionary biology since this powerful metaphor was first formulated by Sewall Wright in 1932. Eighty years later, it has become a central framework in evolutionary quantitative genetics, selection studies innatural populations, and in studies of ecological speciation and adaptive radiations. Recently, the simple concept of adaptive landscapes in two dimensions (genes or traits) has been criticized and several new and more sophisticated versions of the original adaptive landscape evolutionary model havebeen developed in response. No published volume has yet critically discussed the past, present state, and future prospect of the adaptive landscape in evolutionary biology. This volume brings together prominent historians of science, philosophers, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists, with theaim of discussing the state of the art of the Adaptive Landscape from several different perspectives.

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The 'Adaptive Landscape' has been a central concept in population genetics and evolutionary biology since this powerful metaphor was first formulated by Sewall Wright in 1932. Eighty years later, it has become a central framework in evolutionary quantitative genetics, selection studies innatural populations, and in studies of ecologica...

Erik Svensson is professor in evolutionary ecology at Lund University Sweden. He obtained his PhD in 1997, and has performed research in Sweden, California, Greece, South Africa, and Japan on several different organismal groups, including birds, reptiles, crustaceans, and insects. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and postdoctoral rese...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pagesPublished:June 10, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Erik I. Svensson and Ryan Calsbeek: PrefacePART I: Historical Background and Philosophical Perspectives1. Michael R. Dietrich and Robert A. Skipper, Jr.: A Shifting Terrain: A Brief History of the Adaptive Landscape2. Robert A. Skipper, Jr. and Michael R. Dietrich: Sewall Wright's Adaptive Landscape: Philosophical Reflections on Heuristic Value3. Massimo Pigliucci: Landscapes, Surfaces and Morphospaces: What are they good for?PART II: Controversies: Fisher's Fundamental Theory Versus Sewall Wright's Shifting Balance Theory4. Steven A. Frank: Wright's Adaptive Landscape versus Fisher's Fundamental Theorem5. Michael J. Wade: Wright's Adaptive Landscape: Testing the Predictions of his Shifting Balance Theory6. Charles J. Goodnight: Wright's Shifting Balance Theory and Factors Affecting the Probability of Peak ShiftsPART III: Applications: Microevolutionary Dynamics, Quantitative Genetics, and Population Biology7. Ryan Calsbeek, Thomas P. Gosden, Shawn R. Kuchta, and Erik I. Svensson: Fluctuating Selection and Dynamic Adaptive Landscapes8. Adam G. Jones, Nicholas L. Ratterman, and Kimberly A. Paczolt: The Adaptive Landscape in Sexual Selection Research9. Stephen F. Chenoweth, John Hunt, and Howard D. Rundle: Analysing and Comparing the Geometry of Individual Fitness Surfaces10. Christophe Pelabon, W. Scott Armbruster, Thomas F. Hansen, Geir Bolstad, and Rocio Perez-Barrales: Adaptive Accuracy and Adaptive Landscapes11. Tim F. Cooper: Empirical Insights into Adaptive Landscapes from Bacterial Experimental Evolution12. Andrew P. Hendry, Virginie Millien, Andrew Gonzalez, and Hans C. E. Larsson: How Humans Influence Evolution on Adaptive LandscapesPART IV: Speciation and Macroevolution13. Thomas F. Hansen: Adaptive Landscapes and Macroevolutionary Dynamics14. Michael Doebeli: Adaptive Dynamics: a Framework for Modelling the Long-Term Evolutionary Dynamics of Quantitative Traits15. Michael A. Bell: Adaptive Landscapes, Evolution, and the Fossil RecordPART V: Development, Form, and Function16. Olof Leimar, Birgitta S. Tullberg, and James Mallet: Mimicry, Saltational Evolution, and the Crossing of Fitness Valleys17. Andreas Wagner: High-dimensional Adaptive Landscapes Facilitate Evolutionary Innovation18. Sean H. Rice: Phenotype Landscapes, Adaptive Landscapes, and the Evolution of DevelopmentPART VI: Concluding Remarks19. Erik I. Svensson and Ryan Calsbeek: The Past, the Present, and the Future of the Adaptive LandscapeIndex