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Based on the 2001 BES symposium and links ecological disciplines between different areas of theory and with empirical and modelling approaches to dispersal.
List of Contributors. History of the British Ecological Society. Preface.Part I: Techniques For Dispersal Studies:1 Measuring And Modelling Seed Dispersal Of Terrestrial Plants: D.F. Greene & C. Calogeropoulos.2 Monitoring Insect Dispersal: Methods And Approaches: J.L. Osborne, H.D. Loxdale & I.P. Woiwod.3 From Marking To Modelling: Dispersal Study Techniques For Land Vertebrates: R.E. Kenward, S.P. Rushton, C.M. Perrins, D.W. Macdonald & A.B. South.4 The Measurement Of Dispersal By Seabirds And Seals: Implications For Understanding Their Ecology: I.L. Boy.5 Inferring Patterns Of Dispersal From Allele Frequency Data: A.F. Raybould, R.T. Clarke, J.M. Bond, R.E. Welters & C.J. Gliddon.Part II: Dispersal In Behavioural And Evolutionary Ecology: 6 Sailing With The Wind: Dispersal By Small Flying Insects: S.G. Compton.7 Density-Dependent Dispersal In Animals: Concepts, Evidence, Mechanisms And Consequences: W.J. Sutherland, J.A Gill & K. Norris.8 Seed Dispersal-The Search For Trade-Offs: K. Thompson, L.C. Rickard, D.J. Hodkinson & M. Rees.9 Manipulating Your Host: Host-Pathogen Population Dynamics, Host Dispersal And Genetically-Modified Baculoviruses: G. Dwyer & R.S. Hails.10 Gene Flow And The Evolutionary Ecology Of Passively Dispersing Aquatic Invertebrates:. Okamura & J. Freeland.Part III: Dispersal And Spatial Processes:11 Niche Colonization And The Dispersal Of Bacteria And Their Genes In The Natural Environment: M.J. Bailey & A.J. Lilley.12 Dispersal Behaviour And Population Dynamics Of Vertebrates: H.P. Andreassen, N.C. Stenseth & R.A. Ims.13 Dispersal And The Spatial Dynamics Of Butterfly Populations: R.J. Wilson & C.D. Thomas.14 Plant Dispersal And Colonisation Processes At Local And Landscape Scales: J.M. Bullock, I.L. Moy, R.F. Pywell, S.J. Coulson, A.M. Nolan & H. Caswell.15 Biogeography And Dispersal: R. Hengeveld & L. Hemerik.Part IV: Applications Of An Understanding Of Dispersal:16 Modelling Vertebrate Dispersal And Demography In Real Landscapes: How Does Uncertainty Regarding Dispersal Behaviour Influence Predictions Of Spatial Population Dynamics? A.B. South, S.P. Rushton, R.E. Kenward & D.W. Macdonald.17 Invasion And Species Range Expansion: Effects Of Long-Distance Dispersal: N. Shigesada & K. Kawasaki.18 Success Factors In The Establishment Of Human-Dispersed Organisms: A.N. Cohen.19 Oases In The Desert: Dispersal And Host Specialization Of Biotrophic Fungal Pathogens Of Plants: J.K.M. Brown, M.S. Hovmoller, R.A. Wyand & D. Yu.20 Climate Change And Dispersal: A.R. Watkinson & J.A. Gill.Part V: Overview:21 Overview And Synthesis; The Tale Of The Tail: M. Williamson. Index.
James Bullock is the Director of Conservation Ecology at the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Dr Robert Kenward is Director of Technology Transfer at the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Dr Rosie Hails is an ecologist interested in the risk assessment of genetically modified organisms.
This is a fascinating insight into a new and somewhat specialised area of study. The advanced research means that it is primarily a text for undergraduate and researcher but there is also a great deal of material that can be used by teachers. The basic overviews, studies of butterflies and biogeography all contribute to filling some of the gaps in knowledge. This is an area to watch with interest - this text has shown the value of dispersal study and now we need to wait to see how it develops. TEG News, October 2002 "Thorough and thought-provoking, this will be the definitive guide to the sutdy of species movements for the coming decade." Ian Powell, Biologist (2003) 50 (3)