Model Systems in Behavioral Ecology: Integrating Conceptual, Theoretical, and Empirical Approaches

Model Systems in Behavioral Ecology: Integrating Conceptual, Theoretical, and Empirical Approaches

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by Lee Alan Dugatkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691006539

ISBN-13: 9780691006536

Pub. Date: 09/17/2001

Publisher: Princeton University Press

A key way that behavioral ecologists develop general theories of animal behavior is by studying one species or a closely related group of species—''model systems''—over a long period. This book brings together some of the field's most respected researchers to describe why they chose their systems, how they integrate theoretical, conceptual, and empirical

Overview

A key way that behavioral ecologists develop general theories of animal behavior is by studying one species or a closely related group of species—''model systems''—over a long period. This book brings together some of the field's most respected researchers to describe why they chose their systems, how they integrate theoretical, conceptual, and empirical work, lessons for the practice of the discipline, and potential avenues of future research. Their model systems encompass a wide range of animals and behavioral issues, from dung flies to sticklebacks, dolphins to African wild dogs, from foraging to aggression, territoriality to reproductive suppression.

Model Systems in Behavioral Ecology offers an unprecedented ''systems'' focus and revealing insights into the confluence of personal curiosity and scientific inquiry. It will be an invaluable text for behavioral ecology courses and a helpful overview—and a preview of coming developments—for advanced researchers. The twenty-five chapters are divided into four sections: insects and arachnids, amphibians and reptiles, birds, and mammals.

In addition to the editor, the contributors include Geoff A. Parker, Thomas D. Seeley, Naomi Pierce, Kern Reeve, Gerald S. Wilkinson, Bert Hölldobler and Flavio Roces, George W. Uetz, Michael J. Ryan and Gil Rosenthal, Judy Stamps, H. Carl Gerhardt, Barry Sinervo, Robert Warner, Manfred Milinski, David F. Westneat, Alan C. Kamil and Alan B. Bond, Paul Sherman, Jerram L. Brown, Anders Pape Møller, Marc Bekoff, Richard C. Connor, Joan B. Silk, Christopher Boesch, Scott Creel, A.H. Harcourt, and Tim Caro and M. J. Kelly.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691006536
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/17/2001
Series:
Monographs in Behavior and Ecology Series
Pages:
584
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.23(d)

Table of Contents

Preface by Lee Alan Dugatkin xi
Acknowledgments xxiii
PART I Insect & Arachnid Model Systems
1.Golden Flies, Sunlit Meadows: A Tribute to the Yellow Dungfly by Geoff A. Parker 3
2.A Feeling and a Fondness for the Bees by Thomas D. Seeley 27
3.Peeling the Onion: Symbioses between Ants and Blue Butterflies by Naomi E. Pierce 41
4.In Search of Unified Theories in Sociobiology: Help from Social Wasps by Hudson Kern Reeve 57
5.Genetic Consequences of Sexual Selection in Stalk-Eyed Flies by Gerald S. Wilkinson 72
6.The Behavioral Ecology of Stridulatory Communication in Leaf-Cutting Ants by Bert Holldobler and Flavio Roces 92
7.Understanding the Evolution of Social Behavior in Colonial Web-Building Spiders by George W. Uetz 110
PART II Fish, Amphibian, & Reptile Model Systems
8.Variation and Selection in Swordtails by Michael J. Ryan and Gil G. Rosenthal 133
9.Learning from Lizards by Judy Stamps 149
10.Acoustic Communication in Frogs and Toads by H. Carl Gerhardt 169
11.Selection in Local Neighborhoods, the Social Environment, and Ecology of Alternative Strategies by Barry Sinervo 191
12.Synthesis: Environment, Mating Systems, and Life History Allocations in the Bluehead Wrasse by Robert R. Warner 227
13.The Economics of Sequential Mate Choice in Sticklebacks by Manfred Milinski 245
PART III Bird Model Systems
14.Conversing with a Bird: Studies of Mating and Parental Behavior in Red-Winged Blackbirds by David F. Westneat 265
15.The Evolution of Virtual Ecology by Alan C. Kamil and Alan B. Bond 288
16.Wood Ducks: A Model System for Investigating Conspecific Parasitism in Cavity-Nesting Birds by Paul W. Sherman 311
17.The Mexican Jay as a Model System for the Study of Large Group Size and Its Social Correlates in a Territorial Bird by Jerram L. Brown 338
18.Sexual Selection in the Barn Swallow by Anders Pape Moller 359
PART IV Mammal Model Systems
19.Cunning Coyotes: Tireless Tricksters, Protean Predators by Marc Bekoff 281
20.Bottlenose Dolphins: Social Relationships in a Big-Brained Aquatic Mammal by Richard C. Connor 408
21.Bonnet Macaques: Evolutionary Perspectives on Females' Lives by Joan B. Silk 433
22.Chimpanzee Hunters: Chaos or Cooperation in the Forest? by Christophe Boesch 453
23.Cooperative Hunting and Sociality in African Wild Dogs, Lycaon pictus by Scott Creel 466
24.Gorilla Socioecology: Conflict and Compromise between the Sexes by A. H. Harcourt 491
25.Cheetahs and Their Mating System by M. Caro and M. J. Kelly 512
Closing Thoughts by Lee Alan Dugatkin 533
Contributors 535
Index 539

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Model Systems in Behavioral Ecology: Integrating Conceptual, Theoretical, and Empirical Approaches 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of articles summarizing important behavioral research. The book is divided into sections based on the organisms studied: insects and arachnids; fish, amphibians and reptiles; birds; and mammals. The articles are important summaries of research that has been carried out over many years and highlights the process of choosing and developing such research. This book provides many great insights into behavior and how to conduct research, especially field research. Though the articles differ in style, they are all well written and engaging. I highly recommend this book for all graduate students in behavioral ecology as well as for those interested in the history and process of science.