Anolis Lizards of the Caribbean

Anolis Lizards of the Caribbean : Ecology, Evolution, and Plate Tectonics

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The Anolis lizards of the Caribbean are a model group from which to study evolutionary ecology: there are more than 150 species dispersed over the islands of the Caribbean, providing innumerable comparisons of physical form and behaviour. Their evolutionary divergence corresponds in geological time with the plate-tectonic origins of the Caribbean. Based on his empirical work with these lizards, and on the work of others, Jonathan Roughgarden has developed important theoretical models of evolutionary ecology - the study of how an ecological context supplies the natural selection that drives evolution, and of how evolutionary change among species in turn affects their ecological station. These models have been tested in the field. This book synthesizes two decades of notable research, and points to new directions in modelling and field biology. An associated program disk providing Roughgarden's quantitative models for foraging behaviour, ecological community assembly, and food webs, accompanies the book. This set of 35 files comprising 10 programs is a simulation program which expands upon the information contained in the book.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 214 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 11.4mm | 494.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2 pp colour, line figures
  • 0195067312
  • 9780195067316

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The Anolis lizards of the Caribbean are ideally suited for the study of evolutionary ecology. Offering fascinating insights into the more than 150 species dispersed throughout the Caribbean islands, Jonathan Roughgarden details the differences between species in a wide range of behavioral and physical characteristics, including foraging behaviors, body size, and habitat use, resulting from evolutionary divergences concurrent with the plate-tectonic origins of the region. This book will be of interest to students and researchers in ecology and theoretical, tropical, and population biology. Separately available on a DOS disk that runs on most PCs, Roughgarden's software programs provide quantitative models for foraging behavior, community assemblage, and food webs.show more

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New title in the highly successful Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolutionshow more

About Jonathan Roughgarden

Jonathan Roughgarden is highly regarded as one of the world's leading ecologists. He has spent the last twenty years developing theoretical models of evolutionary ecology. He is a member of the Departments of Biological Sciences andshow more

Table of contents

Preface ; The sentient forager ; Invasion and coevolution ; Origin of the Caribbean ; The food tangle ; Contents of the disketteshow more

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