The Ecology of Adaptive Radiation

Paperback | September 1, 2000

byDolph Schluter

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Adaptive radiation is the evolution of diversity within a rapidly multiplying lineage. It can cause a single ancestral species to differentiate into an impressively vast array of species inhabiting a variety of environments. Much of life's diversity has arisen during adaptive radiations. Someof the most famous recent examples include the East African cichlid fishes, the Hawaiian silverswords, and of course, Darwin's Galapagos finches,. This book evaluates the causes of adaptive radiation. It focuses on the 'ecological' theory of adaptive radiation, a body of ideas that began withDarwin and was developed through the early part of the 20th Century. This theory proposes that phenotypic divergence and speciation in adaptive radiation are caused ultimately by divergent natural selection arising from differences in environment and competition between species. In The Ecology ofAdaptive Radiation the author re-evaluates the ecological theory, along with its most significant extensions and challenges, in the light of all the recent evidence. This important book is the first full exploration of the causes of adaptive radiation to be published for decades, written by one ofthe world's best young evolutionary biologists.

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Adaptive radiation is the evolution of diversity within a rapidly multiplying lineage. It can cause a single ancestral species to differentiate into an impressively vast array of species inhabiting a variety of environments. Much of life's diversity has arisen during adaptive radiations. Someof the most famous recent examples include t...

Dolph Schluter is Professor of Zoology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. The recipient of several awards and fellowships, in 1997 he was given the President's Award of the American Society of Naturalists, and in 1999 he was made a fellow of the Royal Society of London. Professor Dolph Schluter Zoology Department Universit...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198505221

ISBN - 13:9780198505228

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Table of Contents

1. The origins of ecological diversity2. Detecting adaptive radiation3. The progress of adaptive radiation4. The ecological theory of adaptive radiation5. Divergent natural selection between environments6. Divergence and species interactions7. Ecological opportunity8. The ecological basis of speciation9. Divergence along genetic lines of least resistance10. The ecology of adaptive radiation

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" ...concise and well written ... Researchers in the field should find the volume indispensible for the clarity with which the author summarises existing information and delineates just what has and what has not been supported by empirical evidence...excellent book ... Essential reading foranyone interested in the topic, from advanced undergraduates onwards."Heredity