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Intended for graduate and upper level undergraduate courses in behavioural ecology where students are already familiar with the basic ideas, this book continues to define the subject. A completely new set of contributions has been brought together once more to take account of the many exciting new developments in the field. Each chapter presents a balanced view of the subject, integrating a clear exposition of the theory with a critical discussion of how predictions have been tested by experiments and comparative studies. In addition, the book points to unreconciled issues and possible future developments. Edited by two of the most highly regarded experts in the field, this new volume contains contributions from an international authorship and continues the tradition of clarity and accessibility established by the three previous editions.
Part I: Introduction:.
The Evolution of Behavioural Ecology: John R Krebs and Nicholas B Davies.
Part II: Mechanisms and Individual Behaviour:.
Sensory Systems and Behaviour: Rüdiger Wehner.
The Ecology of Information Use: Luc-Alain Giraldeau.
Recognition Systems: Paul W Sherman, Hudson K Reeve and David W Pfennig.
Managing Time and Energy: Innes C Cuthill and Alasdair I Houston.
Sperm Competition and Mating Systems: Timothy R Birkhead & Geoffrey A Parker.
Part III: From Individual Behaviour to Social Systems:.
The Evolution of Animal Signals: Rufus A Johnstone.
Sexual Selection and Mate Choice: Michael J Ryan.
Sociality and Kin Selection in Insects: Andrew F G Bourke.
Predicting Family Dynamics in Social Vertebrates: Stephen T Emlen.
The Ecology of Relationships: Anne E Pusey and Craig Packer.
The Social Gene: David Haig.
Part IV: Life Histories, Phylogenies and Populations:.
Adaptation of Life Histories: Serge Daan and Joost M Tinbergen.
The Phylogenetic Foundations of Behavioural Ecology: Paul H Harvey and Sean Nee.
Causes and Consequences of Population Structure: Godfrey M Hewitt and Roger K Butlin.
Individual Behaviour, Populations and Conservation: John D Goss-Custard and William J Sutherland.
Posted July 31, 2011
Overall this text is a good, basic graduate level introduction to the topic. Each chapter could stand on its on. While some of the chapters appear to assume that the reader is already familiar with the topic or even with an earlier edition of the text, most of the chapters are a bit beyond introductory level and require a good foundation in other subjects like population genetics and ecology. Some of the chapters specifically deal with models, conducting research in that particular topic, and the current cutting edges which is quite useful to the graduate student. Most of the examples are drawn from birds and mammals which is rather tiring and there are a few plant and other non-animal examples thrown in which seems a bit odd. Never-the-less, I recommend this text as an introduction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.