Conceptual Breakthroughs in Evolutionary Ecology

Conceptual Breakthroughs in Evolutionary Ecology

1st Edition - November 18, 2019

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  • Author: Laurence Mueller
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128160145
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128160138

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Although biologists recognize evolutionary ecology by name, many only have a limited understanding of its conceptual roots and historical development. Conceptual Breakthroughs in Evolutionary Ecology fills that knowledge gap in a thought-provoking and readable format. Written by a world-renowned evolutionary ecologist, this book embodies a unique blend of expertise in combining theory and experiment, population genetics and ecology. Following an easily-accessible structure, this book encapsulates and chronologizes the history behind evolutionary ecology. It also focuses on the integration of age-structure and density-dependent selection into an understanding of life-history evolution.

Key Features

  • Covers over 60 seminal breakthroughs and paradigm shifts in the field of evolutionary biology and ecology
  • Modular format permits ready access to each described subject
  • Historical overview of a field whose concepts are central to all of biology and relevant to a broad audience of biologists, science historians, and philosophers of science

Readership

Advanced graduate and undergraduate students, researchers, and specialists in evolutionary biology and evolutionary studies

Table of Contents

  • 1 1859 AND IN THE BEGINNING..

    2 1894 MEASURING SELECTION IN NATURE

    3 1920 A THEORY OF DENSITY-DEPENDENT POPULATION GROWTH IS FORMULATED

    4 1928 SELECTION IN AGE-STRUCTURED POPULATIONS

    5 1930 THE FUNDAMENTAL THEOREM OF NATURAL SELECTION

    6 1930 EVOLUTION OF MIMICRY

    7 1930 FLUCTUATION IN NUMBERS AND GENOTYPES

    8 1934 COMPETITIVE EXCLUSION

    9 1940 THE COMMON GARDEN EXPERIMENT

    10 1943 SEASONAL CHANGES OF GENE REGIONS IN NATURAL POPULATIONS

    11 1947 THE ROLE OF PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY AS AN AGENT FOR ADAPTATION TO VARIABLE ENVIRONMENTS IS PROPOSED

    12 1947 MEASURING SELECTION AND DRIFT IN A NATURAL POPULATION

    13 1954 COLE’S PARADOX

    14 1954 LACK’S PRINCIPLE

    15 1956 CHARACTER DISPLACEMENT

    16 1958 NICHE PARTITIONING BY WARBLER BIRDS

    17 1961 POPULATION REGULATION AND GENETIC FEEDBACKS

    18 1962 ECOLOGICAL MEASURES OF FITNESS

    19 1962 GROUP SELECTION

    20 1964 COMMUNITY EVOLUTION

    21 1964 KIN SELECTION AND THE EVOLUTION OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

    22 1965 EVOLUTION OF PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY IN PLANTS

    23 1965 FITNESS ESTIMATION

    24 1966 THE CONCEPT OF ENERGETIC TRADE-OFFS

    25 1966 EVOLUTION OF DEMOGRAPHIC PARAMETERS

    26 1966 OPTIMAL FORAGING BASED ON TIME AND ENERGY

    27 1966 EVOLUTION OF A PLANT ANIMAL MUTUALISM

    28 1967 EVOLUTION FOLLOWING COLONIZATION

    29 1968 COLE’S PARADOX RESOLVED BY ENVIRONMENTAL VARIATION

    30 1968 EVOLUTION IN CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS

    31 1969 THE POLYGYNY THRESHOLD MODEL

    32 1970 REPRODUCTIVE EFFORT AND THE LIFE HISTORY SCHEDULE

    33 1970 THE PRICE EQUATION

    34 1971 POPULATION GENETIC THEORY OF DENSITY-DEPEDENT NATURAL SELECTION

    35 1971 THE EVOLUTION OF HEAVY METAL TOLERANCE

    36 1973 THE RED QUEEN HYPOTHESIS

    37 1973 THE EVOLUTION OF MELANISM

    38 1975 SEX AND EVOLUTION

    39 1975 GENETICS OF MIMICRY

    40 1976 EVOLUTION OF RESOURCE PARTITIONING

    41 1977 LIFE HISTORY THEORY CHALLANGED

    42 1977 NATURAL SELECTION FAVORS REDUCED VARIANCE IN FITNESS

    43 1978 MAINTENANCE OF PROTEIN POLYMORPHISMS IN A VARIABLE ENVIRONMENT

    44 1979 A CRITIQUE OF THE ADAPTATIONIST PROGRAM

    45 1980 EVOLUTION OF PHILOPATRY

    46 1981 TESTING DENSITY-DEPENDENT NAURAL SELECTION

    47 1981 EVOLUTION OF POPULATION STABILITY: THEORY

    48 1982 LIFE HISTORY EVOLUTION IN NATURE

    49 1982 EVOLUTION OF VIRULENCE

    50 1984 EVOLUTION OF AGE-SPECIFIC PATTERNS OF SURVIVAL AND FECUNDITY

    51 1985 EVOLUTION OF PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY THEORY

    52 1985 COEVOLUTION OF BACTERIA AND PHAGE

    53 1986 EVOLUTION OF DARWIN’S FINCHES

    54 1986 EVOLUTION ACROSS THREE TROPHIC LEVELS

    55 1988 EVOLUTION OF COMPETITIVE ABILITY

    56 1990 A PREDATOR-PREY ARMS RACE

    57 1990 REPRODUCTIVE EFFORT AND THE BALANCE BETWEEN EGG NUMBER AND EGG SIZE

    58 1991 EXPERIMENTAL EVOLUTION OF COOPERATION

    59 1994 EXPERIMENTAL TEST OF THE ROLE OF NATURAL SELECTION IN THE PROCESS OF CHARACTER DISPLACEMENT

    60 1994 THE GEOGRAPHIC MOSAIC THEORY OF COEVOLUTION

    61 1996 COMMUNITY EVOLUTION DUE TO INDIRECT EFFECTS

    62 1996 TESTS OF ADAPTIVE PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY IN PLANTS

    63 1997 EVOLUTION OF SPECIES’RANGE - THEORY

    64 2000 EVOLUTION OF POPULATION STABILITY: EXPERIMENTS

    65 2004 COEVOLUTION OVER SPACE AND TIME

Product details

  • No. of pages: 204
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: November 18, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128160145
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128160138

About the Author

Laurence Mueller

Laurence Mueller is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine. His research includes the development of theoretical models to guide research and experimental evolutionary approaches to the study of adaptation. Dr. Mueller’s specific research interests include the evolution of life-history phenotypes at different population density and the evolution of population stability. More recently Dr. Mueller’s research has focused on the evolution of age-specific patterns of aging and physiological decline that occurs prior to death. He is the author of three books and over 120 research articles.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA

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