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Fully revised and updated edition of the extensively illustrated introduction to the field of evolutionary ecology aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, which also has relevance to the other biological disciplines. The text details the problems which puzzle evolutionists and sets out to examine them using experimental, descriptive and comparative data. Examples are drawn from all parts of the plant and animal kingdoms. Moreover, sections of the text that proved too difficult for students in the first edition have been completely rewritten and considerably simplified.
The scope of evolutionary ecology; the genetic basis of evolutionary change; the power and the units of selection; predicting the outcome of adaption; the habitat templet; reproductive effect; the ecology of sex; the ecological context of speciation; why are there so many species?; applied evolutionary ecology; the scope of evolutionary ecology revisted.