854 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour illustrations, colour tables
Evolution presents foundational concepts through a contemporary framework of population genetics and phylogenetics that is enriched by current research and stunning art. In every chapter, new critical thinking questions and expanded end-of-chapter problems emphasising data interpretation reinforce the second edition's focus on helping students think like evolutionary biologists.
Thorough and accessible coverage of population genetics and phylogenetics
Phylogenetics is introduced early in two separate chapters – Chapters 4 and 5 – that teach students how to interpret hypotheses about evolutionary history and compare the relatedness of living organisms, while five complete chapters on population genetics provide the most thorough and accessible coverage of this foundational topic available in any undergraduate textbook. Clear explanations of quantitative methods teach students how to formulate questions about evolutionary processes and relationships the same way that researchers do – using the language of quantitative models.
New research on contemporary topics highlight the current state of the field
Contemporary research examples in every chapter – many of which are drawn from the last 3-5 years – reinforce foundational concepts. Research topics include a 2013 study in which clonal interference in a yeast population was observed using whole-genome sequencing, as well as a 2014 paper illustrating genetic hitchhiking by describing a study of within-host evolution of the HIV virus. A new chapter on human evolution highlights recent discoveries – including research that shows early humans did interbreed with Neanderthals. A capstone chapter on evolution and medicine and a full chapter on genome evolution highlight the cutting-edge of research in evolutionary biology.
Expanded emphasis on problem solving helps students think like evolutionary biologists
The Second Edition offers a rich variety of resources for in-class discussion or homework assignments. New Key Concept questions throughout – with answers included in the back of Evolution – encourage students to think critically about what they're reading, while new end-of-chapter Key Concept Application questions challenge students to interpret and analyze data. InQuizitive modules accessible from the Coursepack help struggling students get up to speed on the most foundational concepts in the course – phylogenetics, population, genetics, and analyzing data.
An art program as rich as the field it illustrates
The Evolution art program has been carefully designed to promote students' understanding of key concepts. Throughout the Second Edition, stunning visuals – including research-style data graphics and new, enlarged photographs – highlight the amazing diversity of life on Earth. Phylogenetic relationships are made clear through phylogenetic trees in every chapter, many of which include in-figure captions, photographs, and line art that further explain each concept. Research descriptions address experimental design as well as outcomes, helping students better grasp the implications of the results. Experimental details encourage students to visualize both the research study and how the experiment was conducted so that they fully understand the meaning behind the data.
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Carl T. Bergstrom is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle and a member of the external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute. He received his undergraduate degree in 1993 from Harvard University where he worked with Naomi Price and David Haig, and his PhD in 1998 from Stanford University where he worked with Marc Feldman. His postdoctoral work was done with Bruce Levin at Emory University. Dr. Bergstrom's research uses mathematical models and evolutionary theory to understand biological and social processes on scales from intracellular information processing to the population-wide spread of emerging infectious diseases. In addition to teaching the undergraduate evolution course at the University of Washington, Dr. Bergstrom teaches courses on evolution and medicine, game theory and animal behavior, and mathematical biology.
Lee Alan Dugatkin is a professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville. His main area of research is the evolution of social behavior. He is currently studying the evolution of cooperation, aggression, antibiotic resistance, risk-taking behavior, and the interaction between genetic and cultural evolution. Dr. Dugatkin is the author of over 145 articles on evolution and behavior in journals such as Nature and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and several trade monographs on the evolution of cooperation and the history of science. He is also the author of Principles of Animal Behavior, Second Edition.