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By: R Drent, JM Tinbergen, JP Bakker and T Piersma
320 pages, colour and b/w photographs, maps, graphs
Seeking Nature's Limits is a colourful collection of ecological stories. Focusing on individual organisms and their struggle for existence, Dutch ecologists of international reputation present a cross-section of their recent work in 40 richly illustrated chapters. Examples abound: warblers on isolated islets in the Indian Ocean adjust the sex ratio of their offspring according to local circumstances. Buffalo on the East-African savannahs vote to decide where they will feed. Young ospreys devour their siblings to enhance their own chances of fledging. Studies on shellfish unveil the continuous arms race between predators and their prey.
Seeking Nature's Limits conveys the excitement of first-hand accounts and the challenge of incorporating novel approaches into long-term fieldwork. It shows how fundamental ecological research clarifies our understanding of the natural world and its applications to conservation. Above all, it is an accessible, stimulating and surprising journey into the world of ecological research. This work is aimed at a broad readership, professional and amateur alike.
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