Presents the first unified conceptual and statistical framework for understanding the evolution of reproductive strategies. Illustrates how and why sexual selection, though restricted to one sex and opposed in the other, is one of the strongest and fastest of all evolutionary forces. Includes a statistical framework for studying the evolution of mating systems and applies it to patterns of alternative mating strategies. This provides a method for quantifying how the strength of sexual selection is affected by the ecological and life history processes that influence females' spatial and temporal clustering and reproductive schedules.
I found the book to be so compelling that I read it twice (and will read it again). It is challenging and provocative... The authors are accomplished teachers and each chapter is logically structured, informed, informative and interesting without every being patronizing or obscure. -- Michael T. Siva-Jothy Trends in Ecology and Evolution It is a major landmark in the area of sexual selection and mating systems and is a must read for anyone interested in moving this field forward. -- Alexander V. Badyaev Ecology The book delivers on its promise to present a thorough framework for quantitative analyses, and it does so with admirable clarity, guiding readers through the models so that any interested biologist can follow. -- Mary Jane West-Eberhard Quarterly Review of Biology
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Stephen M. Shuster is Professor of Invertebrate Zoology at Northern Arizona University. Michael J. Wade is Professor of Biology at Indiana University.