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Behavioral Mechanisms in Ecology

Behavioral Mechanisms in Ecology

by Douglass H. Morse
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This readable text represents a much needed synthesis of ecological insight into animal behavior. The field of behavioral ecology is relatively new, having evolved from a combination of classical ethology, as developed by Lorenz and Tinbergen, and population ecology. Now for the first time, a single author integrates the vast literature on animal ecology and behavior into a conceptual whole.

Exploring the theme of resource acquisitions, Douglass H. Morse combines the comparative approach to biology with models based on evolutionary theory. Secondary consequences of sexual selection and other selective pressures are considered in detail. Discussion of interspecific interactions and constraints is especially rich, as is the treatment of foraging theory, kinship theory, habitat selection and predator avoidance. Perhaps the book’s greatest achievement, however, is its unparalleled ecological and evolutionary analysis of individual differences.

Behavioral Mechanisms in Ecology will meet the teaching and reference needs of an extremely broad audience of professional biologists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674064614
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/15/1982
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 0.82(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

About the Author

Douglass H. Morse is Hermon Carey Bumpus Professor of Biology, Brown University.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Variability in Foraging Patterns

3. Food Selection

4. Habitat Selection

5. Avoiding Predation

6. Behavioral Thermoregulation and Maintenance

7. Reproduction

8. Competition, Especially for Mates

9. Territoriality

10. Spacing Patterns: Dominance Hierarchies

11. Competition Between Species

12. Social Groups

13. Future Directions



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