The Snow Geese of La Perouse Bay: Natural Selection in the Wild

Hardcover | April 1, 1995

byFred Cooke, Robert F. Rockwell, David B. Lank

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This unique title evaluates the results from one of the most significant long-term studies of birds in the late twentieth century. The authors evaluate the working of natural selection on Snow Goose plumage colour, seasonal timing of breeding, clutch size, egg size and body size.With information gathered over 26 years on 40,000 individually marked adult geese, 45,000 nests and more than 110,000 goslings at one colony in northern Manitoba, this work is a landmark in avian biology and population genetics.

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This unique title evaluates the results from one of the most significant long-term studies of birds in the late twentieth century. The authors evaluate the working of natural selection on Snow Goose plumage colour, seasonal timing of breeding, clutch size, egg size and body size.With information gathered over 26 years on 40,000 indivi...

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This book brings together the results from one of the most significant long-term studies of birds in the late twentieth century, testing our understanding of evolution in natural populations. Combining genetics, behaviour, ecology, and a landmark data set, it will be essential reading for everyone with an interest in evolutionary ecolo...

Fred Cooke is at Simon Fraser University. Robert F. Rockwell is at City University of New York.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:April 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198540647

ISBN - 13:9780198540649

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Lesser Snow Geese of La Perouse BayPopulation structure and gene flowFitness components model of Snow Goose life cyclePairing, mating, and parental careAnnual variation in fitness componentsAge effectsHeritability of quantitative traitsPlumage colourClutch sizeThe timing of reproductionEgg sizeBody sizeSynthesis and conclusionsReferencesAuthor indexSubject index

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`This book is also incredible, or rather it is remarkable because the authors have succeeded in presenting a concise and thorough account of over 100 scientific papers in one volume that is enjoyable to devour, cover-to-cover.'Jeffrey M. Black, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Animal Behaviour, 52, 1