The Evolution of Life Histories
By (author) Stephen C. Stearns
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Evolution of Life Histories by Stephen C. Stearns
Book DescriptionThis book introduces life history evolution to postgraduate students just beginning their research in population biology, ecology, or evolutionary biology. It discusses major analytical tools, gives examples of their applications, and provides problems for discussion at the end of each chapter. It will interest all biologists wishing to understand the evolution of the life cycle and the causes of phenotypic variation in fitness, and it contains the seeds of applications of life history theory to population dynamics, behaviour, and community ecology. Care is taken in Part I to build up the tools needed for a well-rounded evolutionary explanation: demography, quantitative genetics, reaction norms, trade offs and phylogenetic/comparative analysis. Part II discusses the evolution of major life history traits. This is a comprehensive, up-to-date text in a field that holds a central position in modern ecology and evolution.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198577416
(247mm x 189mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 28-May-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen C. Stearns
Evolution in Health and Disease, Paperback (November 2007)
A fully revised edition of a volume written by the world's leading authorities on this subject. It discusses how the evolution of humans and their pathogens have generated important medical issues, covering both infectious and degenerative diseases. It presents important ideas that are not yet sufficiently appreciated in the medical community.
Evolution, Paperback (August 2005)
Evolution has become an established science that illuminates and informs our understanding of many central biological issues. Focusing on key principles, this book offers a treatment of evolution. With color presentation and enhanced pedagogical features, it is meant as a text for any student wishing to gain a sound understanding of the subject.
Watching, from the Edge of Extinction, Paperback (September 2000)» View all books by Stephen C. Stearns
The stories of people who have worked directly with disappearing species in Europe, Africa, North America and Oceania. The authors interviewed people who work with species as diverse as Mediterranean monk seals, large blue butterflies, African wild dogs, Hawaiian crows and Texas salamanders.
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