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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Golden Flies Sunlit Meadows A Tribute to the Yellow Dungfly
3
A Feeling and a Fondness for the Bees
27
Peeling the Onion Symbioses between Ants and Blue Butterflies
41
In Search of Unified Theories in Sociobiology Help from Social Wasps
57
Genetic Consequences of Sexual Selection in StalkEyed Flies
72
The Behavioral Ecology of Stridulatory Communication in LeafCutting Ants
92
Understanding the Evolution of Social Behavior in Colonial WebBuilding Spiders
110
Variation and Selection in Swordtails
133
Wood Ducks A Model System for Investigating Conspecific Parasitism in CavityNesting Birds
311
The Mexican Jay as a Model System for the Study of Large Group Size and Its Social Correlates in a Territorial Bird
338
Sexual Selection in the Barn Swallow
359
Cunning Coyotes Tireless Tricksters Protean Predators
381
Bottlenose Dolphins Social Relationships in a BigBrained Aquatic Mammal
408
Bonnet Macaques Evolutionary Perspectives on Females Lives
433
Chimpanzee Hunters Chaos or Cooperation in the Forest?
453
Cooperative Hunting and Sociality in African Wild Dogs Lycaon pictus
466

Stamps Judy Learning from Lizards
149
Acoustic Communication in Frogs and Toads
169
Selection in Local Neighborhoods the Social Environment and Ecology of Alternative Strategies
191
Synthesis Environment Mating Systems and Life History Allocations in the Bluehead Wrasse
227
The Economics of Sequential Mate Choice in Sticklebacks
245
Conversing with a Bird Studies of Mating and Parental Behavior in RedWinged Blackbirds
265
The Evolution of Virtual Ecology
288
Gorilla Socioecology Conflict and Compromise between the Sexes
491
Cheetahs and Their Mating System
512
Closing Thoughts
533
Contributors
535
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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