By: Edward O Wilson(Author), William H Bossert(Author)
192 pages, b/w illustrations
An introduction to population biology.
"The usual conceptually bland treatment of ecology and evolution in introductory courses may well be turning away some gifted students. Wilson and Bossert's superbly written and illustrated paperback ought to be widely used to correct this deficiency."
- George C. Williams, The Quarterly Review of Biology
1. How to Learn Population Biology
The Necessity of a Quantitative Approach
How Much Genetics and Mathematics Are Needed?
How to Construct a Mathematical Model
2. Population Genetics
Definition of Evolution
Characteristics of Mutations
The Magnitude of Mutations
Stability of Gene Frequencies
The Significance of Sexual Reproduction
The Agents of Evolution
Natural Selection: General Principles
Directional Selection: Quantitative Theory
Joint Effects of Mutation and Selection
Joint Effects of Gene Flow and Selection
Evolution in a Heterogeneous Environment
Heritability and Polygenic Inheritance
The Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection
The Substitution of Neutral Genes
The Population Basis of Ecology
Elementary Population Growth
r and K Selection
Food Webs and Population Stability
The Measurement of Diversity
Energy Flow and Population Turnover
4. Biogeography: Species Equilibrium Theory
The Area-Species Curve
The Equilibrium Model
Area and Distance Effects
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