On Evolution

On Evolution

by John C. Avise

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Overview

John Avise is one of the most distinguished evolutionary biologists of our time. His groundbreaking work with mitochondrial DNA created the entire discipline of phylogeography and his work on the Pleistocene refugia hypothesis redirected scientific thinking about patterns of distribution. Spanning a remarkable thirty-five-year career, the essays gathered here were rewritten from his previously published articles and represent the first single-volume collection of Avise's work.

Moving through various questions in evolutionary biology, these eclectic essays reveal Avise's unique perspectives on major topics in the field. From how to define a species to the folly of faulty applications of cladistics to connections between conservation and evolutionary biology, On Evolution takes the reader on a personal journey into the mind of one of the world's leading evolutionists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801896033
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 09/17/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John C. Avise is a distinguished professor of ecology and evolution at the University of California, Irvine. He has served on editorial boards for fifteen scientific journals and was the president of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the American Genetic Association, and the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. He has published ten books, including Phylogeography: The History and Formation of Species; Molecular Markers, Natural History, and Evolution; and, most recently, Evolutionary Pathways in Nature: A Phylogenetic Approach.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note
Preface
Genetic Differentiation during Speciation
Molecular Variability and Hypothesis Testing: An Ode to Electrophoresis
The Pocket Gopher
Gene Trees and Organismal Histories
Nature's Family Archives
Molecular Clones within Organismal Clones
Aging, Sexual Reproduction, and DNA Repair
The Real Message from Biosphere
Conservation Genetics and Sea Turtles
The History and Purview of Phylogeography
Cladists in Wonderland
Evolving Genomic Metaphors: A New Look at the Language of DNA
Genetic Mating Systems and Reproductive Natural Histories of Fishes
An American Naturalist's Impressions on Australian Biodiversity
The Best and the Worst of Times for Evolutionary Biology
Models, Metaphors, and Machines
Evolution's Unanswered Questions
Source Articles
Index

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