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Sex Ratios: Concepts and Research Methods

Edited By: Ian CW Hardy

424 pages, Figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2002 | #123307 | ISBN: 0521665787
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Covering sex allocation, sex determination and operational sex ratios, this multi-author volume provides both a conceptual context and an instruction in methods for many aspects of sex ratio research.

' ! this excellent book provides an up-to-date and critical review of the models and data relating to sex ratios. ! well structured and demonstrated that a multi-authored book can be cohesive.' TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution '! clearly structured, instructive, generously brimming with examples and contains useful, concise chapter summaries. Evolutionary biologists will find it not only useful but also accessible and engaging.' Kate Oddie, Animal Behaviour 'Hardy has done an excellent job in editing a book that conveys the continuing excitement in sex ratio research while still, to paraphrase Darwin, leaving some problems for future solution.' Science '! an invaluable manual for any researcher in this field.' Louise Rowe, British Ornithologists' Union 'Hardy has done an excellent job in editing a book that conveys the continuing excitement in sex ratio research while still, to paraphrase Darwin, leaving some problems for future solution.' Science '! an excellent volume.' Ethnology 'I would recommend anyone interested in the use or evolution of sex ratios theory to read this book. Every academic library should have a copy on their shelves.' Biologist '


Preface and acknowledgements; Part I. Sex Ratio Theory: 1. Models of sex ratio evolution Jon Seger and J. William Stubblefield; 2. Optimal sex allocation: steps towards a mechanistic theory Ido R. Pen and Franz J. Weissing; Part II. Statistical Analysis of Sex Ratio Data: 3. Statistical analysis of sex ratios: an introduction Kenneth Wilson and Ian C. W. Hardy; 4. Analysis of sex ratios in social insects J. J. (Koos) Boomsma and Gosta Nachman; 5. Analysis of sex ratio variances and consequences of sex allocation Sven Krackow, Evert Meelis and Ian C. W. Hardy; 6. Comparative analysis of sex ratios Peter J. Mayhew and Ido R. Pen; Part III. Genetics of Sex Ratio and Sex Determination: 7. Sex determining mechanisms in vertebrates Sarah B. M. Kraak and Ido R. Pen; 8. Sex determination in invertebrates James M. Cook; 9. Sex ratio distorters and their detection Richard Stouthamer, Gregory D. D. Hurst and J. A . J. (Hans) Breeuwer; Part IV. Animal Sex Ratios Under Different Life-Histories: 10. Sex ratios of parasitic Hymenoptera with unusual life-histories Paul J. Ode and Martha S. Hunter; 11. Sex ratio control in arrhenotkous and pseudo-arrhenotokous mites Maurice W. Sabelis, C. J. (Kees) Nagelkerke and J. A. J. (Hans) Breeuwer; 12. Aphid sex ratios William A. Foster; 13. Sex ratios in birds and mammals: can the hypotheses be disentangled Andrew Cockburn, Sarah Legge and Michael C. Double; 14. Human sex ratios: adaptations and mechanisms, problems and prospects John Lazarus; Part V. Sex ratios in other kingdoms: 15. Sex ratios of malaria parasites and related protozoa Andrew Read, Todd G. Smith , Sean Nee and Stuart A. West; 16. Sex allocation in hermaphroditic plants Peter G. L. Klinkhamer and Tom J. de Jong; 17. Sex ratios in dioecious plants Tom J. de Jong and Peter G. L. Klinkhamer; Part VI. Applications of sex ratios: 18. Operational sex ratios and mating competition Charlotta Kvarnemo and Ingrid Ahnestjo; 19. Using sex ratios: the past and the future Steven Hecht Orzack; 20. Using sex ratios: why bother? Stuart A. West and Edward Allen Herre.

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IAN HARDY is Senior Research Fellow in Biological Sciences at the University of Sunderland. He has published more than 50 articles, about half of which focus on sex ratios, and currently serves as Consulting Editor for the journal Animal Behaviour.

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