Model Systems in Behavioral Ecology: Integrating Conceptual, Theoretical, and Empirical Approaches
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
A Feeling and a Fondness for the Bees
Peeling the Onion Symbioses between Ants and Blue Butterflies
In Search of Unified Theories in Sociobiology Help from Social Wasps
Genetic Consequences of Sexual Selection in StalkEyed Flies
The Behavioral Ecology of Stridulatory Communication in LeafCutting Ants
Understanding the Evolution of Social Behavior in Colonial WebBuilding Spiders
Variation and Selection in Swordtails
Wood Ducks A Model System for Investigating Conspecific Parasitism in CavityNesting Birds
The Mexican Jay as a Model System for the Study of Large Group Size and Its Social Correlates in a Territorial Bird
Sexual Selection in the Barn Swallow
Cunning Coyotes Tireless Tricksters Protean Predators
Bottlenose Dolphins Social Relationships in a BigBrained Aquatic Mammal
Bonnet Macaques Evolutionary Perspectives on Females Lives
Chimpanzee Hunters Chaos or Cooperation in the Forest?
Cooperative Hunting and Sociality in African Wild Dogs Lycaon pictus
Stamps Judy Learning from Lizards
Acoustic Communication in Frogs and Toads
Selection in Local Neighborhoods the Social Environment and Ecology of Alternative Strategies
Synthesis Environment Mating Systems and Life History Allocations in the Bluehead Wrasse
The Economics of Sequential Mate Choice in Sticklebacks
Conversing with a Bird Studies of Mating and Parental Behavior in RedWinged Blackbirds
The Evolution of Virtual Ecology
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