The Coevolutionary Process / Edition 2

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Overview

Traditional ecological approaches to species evolution have frequently dealt with too few species, relatively small areas, and relatively short time spans. In The Coevolutionary Process, John N. Thompson advances a new conceptual approach to the evolution of species interactions - the geographic mosaic theory of coevolution. Thompson demonstrates how an integrated study of life histories, genetics, and the geographic structure of populations yields a surprisingly broad understanding of coevolution. Thompson examines how and when extreme specialization evolves in interdependent species and how geographic differences in specialization, adaptation, and the outcomes of interactions shape coevolution. Through the geographic mosaic theory, he connects the study of specialization and coevolution in local communities and the study of broader patterns seen in comparisons of the phylogenies of interacting species.
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Editorial Reviews

Trends in Ecology and Evolution
"[Thompson] argues convincingly that intense study of interactions between species within local areas and phylogenetic analyses of species interactions illuminate only a fraction of the coevolutionary process. Instead, he emphasizes that one must also consider geographic variation in these interactions . . . . This book has a lot to recommend it."
Carlos Martínez del Rio and Diane Wagner
“In this well-documented and clearly written book, Thompson has managed to integrate an enormous body of literature in a clear-eyed overview of a difficult and diverse field. We are impressed not only with the scope of the book, which includes a myriad of examples from a variety of taxa, but also with the attention to detail.”
Sara Via
“The importance of Thompson’s geographical perspective cannot be overstated. Thompson uses it to turn existing views on their head. In particular, he very effectively dismantles our idea of diffuse coevolution by illustrating with numerous examples how what appears to be diffuse is probably much more specific when one looks at the variability in interactions among populations or time periods. I believe that the geographical perspective on coevolution may turn out to be the greatest advance in coevolutionary thinking in years.”
Trends in Ecology & Evolution
"[Thompson] argues convincingly that intense study of interactions between species within local areas and phylogenetic analyses of species interactions illuminate only a fraction of the coevolutionary process. Instead, he emphasizes that one must also consider geographic variation in these interactions . . . . This book has a lot to recommend it."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226797601
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John N. Thompson is the Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Overview 1
Pt. I The Entangled Bank
1 Specialization within Darwin's Entangled Bank 7
2 From the Entangled Bank to the Evolutionary Synthesis 23
3 Specialization and Coevolution since the Evolutionary Synthesis 36
Pt. II The Evolution of Specialization
4 Phylogeny of Specialization 59
5 Evolutionary Genetics of Specialization 77
6 Ontogeny of Specialization 102
Pt. III Natural Selection and the Geographic Structure of Specialization
7 Why Parasitism Is Special 121
8 Choosing among Multiple Victims 134
9 Coping with Multiple Enemies: The Geography of Defense 153
10 Extreme Specialization in Mutualists 167
11 Further Limitations on Specialization in Mutualisms 186
Pt. IV Specialization and Coevolution
12 Genetics of Coevolution 203
13 The Geographic Mosaic Theory of Coevolution 219
14 Diversifying Coevolution 239
15 Asymmetries in Specialization and Coevolution 253
16 Pushing the Limits of Coevolution 276
Synthesis: The Geographic Mosaic in Evolving Interactions 288
Epilogue: Specialization, Coevolution, and Conservation 292
Literature Cited 296
Index 345
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