Coevolution drives biological diversification, structures ecological communities, and promotes major evolutionary transitions such as the evolution of sexual reproduction. Introduction to Coevolutionary Theory develops the mathematical models and key theoretical results upon which our current understanding of coevolution rests. By anchoring each chapter in the biology of a well-studied species interaction and providing a step by step guide to model development, analysis, and interpretation, Nuismer takes the mystery out of mathematical modeling and provides readers with the tools they need to develop and analyze coevolutionary models of their own.
Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Coevolution
Chapter 2: Coevolution of Major Genes
Chapter 3: Coevolution of Polygenic Traits
Chapter 4: Coevolution and Population Dynamics
Chapter 5: Coevolution in Diploid Sexual Systems
Chapter 6: Multilocus Coevolution, Epistasis, and Linkage Disequilibrium
Chapter 7: Coevolution, Recombination, and the Red Queen
Chapter 8: Coevolution, Major Genes, and Spatial Patterns of Genetic Variation
Chapter 9: Coevolution, Polygenic Traits, and Spatial Patterns of Phenotypic Variation
Chapter 10: Coevolution and Local Adaptation
Chapter 11: Multiple Species, Multiple Traits, and the Coevolution of Specialization
Chapter 12: Coevolution and the Structure of Ecological Networks
Chapter 13: Coevolution in Phylogenetically Structured Communities
Scott Nuismer is a professor in the Biological Sciences Department and affiliate faculty in the Department of Mathematics.