The Life of David Lack: Father of Evolutionary Ecology

Hardcover | July 15, 2013

byTed R. Anderson

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Most people who have taken a biology course in the past 50 years are familiar with the work of David Lack, but few remember his name. Almost all general biology texts produced during that period have a figure showing the beak size differences among the finches of the Galapagos Islands fromLack's 1947 classic, Darwin's Finches. Lack's pioneering conclusions in Darwin's Finches mark the beginning of a new scientific discipline, evolutionary ecology. Tim Birkhead, in his acclaimed book, The Wisdom of Birds, calls Lack the "hero of modern ornithology." Who was this influential, yet relatively unknown man? The Life of David Lack, Father of Evolutionary Ecology provides an answer to that question based on Ted Anderson's personal interviews withcolleagues, family members and former students as well as material in the extensive Lack Archive at Oxford University.

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Most people who have taken a biology course in the past 50 years are familiar with the work of David Lack, but few remember his name. Almost all general biology texts produced during that period have a figure showing the beak size differences among the finches of the Galapagos Islands fromLack's 1947 classic, Darwin's Finches. Lack's p...

Ted R. Anderson is Emeritus Profess or Biology at McKendree University. Professor Anderson is the author of Biology of the Ubiquitous House Sparrow: From Genes to Populations (OUP 2006). He is retired and lives with his wife, Carol, in Kingston, Washington.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199922640

ISBN - 13:9780199922642

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Table of Contents

1. The Birds of Cambridgeshire2. The Life of Robin3. Darwin's Finches4. Robin Redbreast5. The Natural Regulation of Animal Numbers6. Swifts in a Tower7. Evolutionary Theory and Christian Belief8. Enjoying Ornithology9. Population Studies of Birds10. Ecological Adaptations for Breeding in Birds11. Ecological Isolation in Birds12. Evolution Illustrated by Waterfowl13. Island BiologyNotes