An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology / Edition 2

An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology / Edition 2

by J. R. Krebs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0632014989

ISBN-13: 9780632014989

Pub. Date: 01/01/1987

Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

The third edition of this successful textbook looks again at the influence of natural selection on behavior - an animal's struggle to survive by exploiting resources, avoiding predators, and maximizing reproductive success. In this edition, new examples are introduced throughout, many illustrated with full color photographs. In addition, important new topics are

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The third edition of this successful textbook looks again at the influence of natural selection on behavior - an animal's struggle to survive by exploiting resources, avoiding predators, and maximizing reproductive success. In this edition, new examples are introduced throughout, many illustrated with full color photographs. In addition, important new topics are added including the latest techniques of comparative analysis, the theory and application of DNA fingerprinting techniques, extensive new discussion on brood parasite/host coevolution, the latest ideas on sexual selection in relation to disease resistance, and a new section on the intentionality of communication. Written in the lucid style for which these two authors are renowned, the text is enhanced by boxed sections illustrating important concepts and new marginal notes that guide the reader through the text. This book will be essential reading for students taking courses in behavioral ecology.


  • The leading introductory text from the two most prominent workers in the field.
  • Second colour in the text.
  • New section of four colour plates.
  • Boxed sections to ilustrate difficult and important points.
  • New larger format with marginal notes to guide the reader through the text.
  • Selected further reading at the end of each chapter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780632014989
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1987
Edition description:
2nd ed
Pages:
389

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Natural Selection, Ecology and Behaviour4
2Testing Hypotheses in Behavioural Ecology24
3Economic Decisions and the Individual48
4Predators versus Prey: Evolutionary Arms Races77
5Competing for Resources102
6Living in Groups120
7Fighting and Assessment147
8Sexual Conflict and Sexual Selection175
9Parental Care and Mating Systems208
10Alternative Breeding Strategies244
11On Selfishness and Altruism265
12Co-operation and Helping in Birds, Mammals and Fish291
13Altruism in the Social Insects318
14The Design of Signals: Ecology and Evolution349
15Conclusion375
References387
Author index407
Subject index412

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