Extreme Environmental Change and Evolution

Extreme Environmental Change and Evolution

by Ary A. Hoffmann, Peter A. Parsons
     
 

It is widely accepted that evolution takes place gradually in large populations. However, stressful conditions can lead to rapid evolutionary change by causing intense natural selection. In a broad overview of this topic, the authors argue that periods of stress must be taken into account when planning long tern conservation strategies, as these are becoming… See more details below

Overview

It is widely accepted that evolution takes place gradually in large populations. However, stressful conditions can lead to rapid evolutionary change by causing intense natural selection. In a broad overview of this topic, the authors argue that periods of stress must be taken into account when planning long tern conservation strategies, as these are becoming increasingly prevalent due to human activities. This book will be required reading for students and researchers in evolutionary biology, genetics, ecology and conservation biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521441070
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Variation under extreme environments24
3Natural selection in extreme environments53
4Limits to adaptation91
5Evolutionary outcomes: comparative and optimality approaches125
6Extinction, diversification and evolutionary rates167
7Conservation and future environmental change206
References237
Index of organisms255
Subject index257

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