Extreme Environmental Change and Evolution

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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.
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"Overall, I found Extreme Environmental Change and Evolution to be an intriguing, well-written, and extensively researched text. This book is a must-read for graduate students, conservation wardens, and evolutionary biologists, as well as those interested in gaining more insight into punctuated equilibrium." Natural Areas Journal

"This well researched, compact volume fills an important gap in evolutionary literature, namely the role of extreme environmnets, with major climatic changes as most significant." E.J. Kormondy, Choice

"This well researched, compact volume fills an important gap in evolutionary literature, namely the role of extreme environmnets, with major climatic changes as most significant." E.J. Kormondy, Choice

"[U]seful introduction to the gap between the ecology and evolution of stress tolerance fitness...Extreme Environmental Change and Evolution is an example of a good synthesis of natural history, laboratory and molecular evidence, making a strong case for the association of evolution with environmental stress in various forms. Its clear arguments and unmathematical nature would seem to make it a useful aid to an introduction to evolution, as well as strongly representing an interesting, challenging and somewhat neglected area of evolutionary research." Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists Newsletter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521441070
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Variation under extreme environments 24
3 Natural selection in extreme environments 53
4 Limits to adaptation 91
5 Evolutionary outcomes: comparative and optimality approaches 125
6 Extinction, diversification and evolutionary rates 167
7 Conservation and future environmental change 206
References 237
Index of organisms 255
Subject index 257
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