Evolution and Ecology of the Organism

Evolution and Ecology of the Organism

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For sophomore- to junior-level courses in Evolution, with an Introductory Biology prerequisite. This text introduces biology majors to the basic concepts of the fields comprising Darwinian biology: population genetics, population ecology, community ecology, macroevolution, physiological ecology, systematics, and functional morphology. The general theme is the interconnectedness of organism, environment, and evolution. Just as biochemistry and molecular biology provide the foundation for our understanding of the cell, evolutionary biology and ecology are used to construct a foundation for understanding the organism. Using evocative language and an eye-catching magazine format, the authors aim to prepare undergraduates for more advanced specialist courses in Darwinian biology as they pursue their degrees.show more

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  • Hardback | 720 pages
  • 214 x 274 x 26mm | 1,560.37g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company, Subs of Addison Wesley Longman, Inc
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations, col. maps
  • 0130104043
  • 9780130104045
  • 1,993,359

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(NOTE: Each chapter begins with an Introduction and concludes with Chapter Summary, Further Readings, Key Terms, and Review Questions.) I. AN INTRODUCTION TO DARWINIAN BIOLOGY 1. Darwin, Ecology, and Evolution 2. Evolutionary Trees in the Ecological Garden II: MACHINERY OF EVOLUTION 3. The Genetic Engine 4. Natural Selection 5. Molecular Evolution 6. Speciation and Extinction III. THE DARWINIAN ORGANISM 7. Life History of the Organism 8. Physical Ecology of the Organism 9. How Organisms Work 10. Balancing Birth and Death 11. Dispersal IV. ECOLOGY OF INTERACTING SPECIES 12. Competition 13. Predation 14. Parasitism and Mutualism 15. Communities and Ecosystems 16. The Biosphere and the Physical Environment 17. Conservation V. DARWINIAN BIOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE 18. Evolution and Ecology of Sex 19. Mating Strategies 20. Social Evolution 21. Human Evolution And Human Behavior 22. Darwinian MedicineSTATISTICAL APPENDICES: Appendix A: Random variables and the rules of probability Appendix B. Statistical distributions and correlation Appendix C: Linear regression and the analysis of variance. GLOSSARY INDICES: Subject Name Organismshow more

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