Model Systems in Behavioral Ecology: Integrating Conceptual, Theoretical, and Empirical Approaches

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Lee Alan Dugatkin
Princeton University Press, 7 de out de 2001 - 551 páginas

A key way that behavioral ecologists develop general theories of animal behavior is by studying one species or a closely related group of species--''model systems''--over a long period. This book brings together some of the field's most respected researchers to describe why they chose their systems, how they integrate theoretical, conceptual, and empirical work, lessons for the practice of the discipline, and potential avenues of future research. Their model systems encompass a wide range of animals and behavioral issues, from dung flies to sticklebacks, dolphins to African wild dogs, from foraging to aggression, territoriality to reproductive suppression.



Model Systems in Behavioral Ecology offers an unprecedented ''systems'' focus and revealing insights into the confluence of personal curiosity and scientific inquiry. It will be an invaluable text for behavioral ecology courses and a helpful overview--and a preview of coming developments--for advanced researchers. The twenty-five chapters are divided into four sections: insects and arachnids, amphibians and reptiles, birds, and mammals.


In addition to the editor, the contributors include Geoff A. Parker, Thomas D. Seeley, Naomi Pierce, Kern Reeve, Gerald S. Wilkinson, Bert Hölldobler and Flavio Roces, George W. Uetz, Michael J. Ryan and Gil Rosenthal, Judy Stamps, H. Carl Gerhardt, Barry Sinervo, Robert Warner, Manfred Milinski, David F. Westneat, Alan C. Kamil and Alan B. Bond, Paul Sherman, Jerram L. Brown, Anders Pape Møller, Marc Bekoff, Richard C. Connor, Joan B. Silk, Christopher Boesch, Scott Creel, A.H. Harcourt, and Tim Caro and M. J. Kelly.

 

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A Feeling and a Fondness for
27
Symbioses
41
In Search of Unified Theories
57
Genetic Consequences of Sexual
72
The Behavioral Ecology
92
Understanding the Evolution
110
Variation and Selection
133
Acoustic Communication in Frogs
169
A Model System
311
The Mexican Jay as a Model
338
Sexual Selection in the Barn
359
Tireless
381
Social
408
Evolutionary
433
Chaos
453
Cooperative Hunting and Sociality
466

Selection in Local Neighborhoods
191
Environment Mating
227
The Economics of Sequential Mate
245
Studies
265
The Evolution of Virtual Ecology
288
Conflict
491
Cheetahs and Their Mating System
512
Closing Thoughts
533
Index
539
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Lee Alan Dugatkin is Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Louisville. He is the author of The Imitation Factor: Evolution Beyond the Gene, Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees: The Nature of Cooperation in Animals and Humans, Cooperation Among Animals: an Evolutionary Perspective, and the coeditor of ,Game Theory and Animal Behavior.

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