The Evolutionary Biology of Colonizing Species
By (author) Peter Angas Parsons
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Evolutionary Biology of Colonizing Species by Peter Angas Parsons
Book DescriptionProfessor Parsons uses the colonizing species as a case study in the dynamics of microevolution at work in living systems. The colonizing species, a lie, and potentially disruptive force in a 'naive' habitat, is studied primarily as an ecological phenotype and more generally as an ecological behavioural phenotype. Conventional life-history traits and components of fitness, can be incorporated into these phenotypes. Integrating genetic change, natural selection, and the interaction of the species with its environment and other living systems therein, the colonizing species is transformed into a sophisticated and complex source of data for understanding evolutionary biology. Throughout the book it is emphasized that using the organism as the unit of selection is the most direct way of understanding the nature of successful colonizing phenotypes, and, by using specific phenotypic criteria, the prediction of likely successful colonists can be made. Such criteria include tolerance of extreme environments, resource utilization, reproductive capacity, and relative abundance.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521252478
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jul-1983
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Angas Parsons
Evolutionary Biology of Colonizing Species, Paperback (March 2010)
Professor Parsons uses the colonizing species as a case study in the dynamics of microevolution at work in living systems.
Extreme Environmental Change and Evolution, Hardback (July 1997)
Broad overview of how environmental stress affects the rate of evolutionary change.
Evolutionary Genetics and Environmental Stress, Paperback (June 1993)» View all books by Peter Angas Parsons
This study concentrates on evolutionary change under environmental stress at levels ranging from the molecular to the biogeographic, with an emphasis on genetic aspects. This approach contrasts with much of the literature of evolutionary biology, focusing on resistance to change.
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