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&i;`Refreshing and enlightening....It is difficult to identify an ecologist or evolutionary biologist who would not be interested in this book.'&o; Jeffrey Hutchings, Ecoscience
&i;`Every biologist interested in evolutionary biology should read this book....The book has one central purpose, to propose and defend the proposition that to understand phenotypic evolution we must take into account phenotypic plasticity, not simply as an interesting peripheral phenomenon but as an integral part of the evolutionary process.'&o; Derek Roff, Heredity
Phenotypic Plasticity is the most comprehensive book on this topic. It provides both a solid basis for understanding the subject and an inspiring synthesis of the current state of the discipline, and so can be equally recommended for students starting their research, for experts in the field and for all scientists generally interested in phenotypic plasticity. Hardly anyone will read this book without gaining new insights or new inspirations. The book is a 'must read' in the fields of evolution and ecology, and as such is an ideal topic for seminars. I highly recommend it and look forward to the next volumes in Scheiner's series. -- Ralph Tollrian Nature It is difficult to see how any student of phenotypic plasticity will be able to get by without a copy of this on their shelf... [it] appeals to students at all levels of development and sophistication... It is a fascinating read and will not fail to stimulate new insight into this most important topic. -- G.J. Holloway Heredity I appreciate the style of the book-theory, discussion, and plentiful examples from both zoology and botany are well balanced making the text understandable for a wide audience. Folia Geobotanica This book... strongly shakes and stimulates our minds. After reading this book, I feel that I can understand a little more about the diversification and evolution of the fascinating living worlds surrounding us. -- Leonardo Galetto Plants, Systematics and Evolution
Contents: Series Editor's Foreword, by Samuel M. Scheiner Foreword, by Paul Brakefield Preface Chapter 1: What is Phenotypic Plasticity? Chapter 2: Studying and Understanding Plasticity Chapter 3: A Brief (Conceptual) History of Phenotypic Plasticity Chapter 4: The Genetics of Phenotypic Plasticity Chapter 5: The Molecular Biology of Phenotypic Plasticity Chapter 6: The Developmental Biology of Phenotypic Plasticity Chapter 7: The Ecology of Phenotypic Plasticity Chapter 8: Behavior and Phenotypic Plasticity Chapter 9: Evolution of and by Phenotypic Plasticity Chapter 10: The Theoretical Biology of Phenotypic Plasticity Chapter 11: Phenotypic Plasticity as a Central Concept in Evolutionary Biology Epilogue: Beyond Nature and Nurture Notes References Author Index Subject Index
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Massimo Pigliucci is an associate professor in the Departments of Botany and of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.