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An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology [electronic resource]

Nicholas B. Davies, John R. Krebs and Stuart A. West
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EBook; Book; Online
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Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
Edition
4th ed
Language
English
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Virtual Library of Virginia EBL DDA purchased title
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9781444398458 (ebk.), 1444398458 (ebk.), 9781444398465 (pbk.), 1444398466, 9781444339499 (hardback), 1444339494 (hardback), 9781405114165 (pbk.), 1405114169 (pbk.)
Summary
This textbook helped to define the field of Behavioural Ecology. In this fourth edition the text has been completely revised, with new chapters and many new illustrations and full colour photographs. The theme, once again, is the influence of natural selection on behaviour & ndash; an animal's struggle to survive and reproduce by exploiting and competing for resources, avoiding predators, selecting mates and caring for offspring, & ndash; and how animal societies reflect both cooperation and conflict among individuals. Stuart A. West has joined as a co-author bringing his own perspectives and wor.
Contents
  • Cover; Series page; Title page; Copyright page; Preface; Acknowledgements; CHAPTER 1: Natural Selection, Ecology and Behaviour; Watching and wondering; Natural selection; Genes and behaviour; Selfish individuals or group advantage?; Phenotypic plasticity: climate change and breeding times; Behaviour, ecology and evolution; Summary; Further reading; CHAPTER 2: Testing Hypotheses in Behavioural Ecology; The comparative approach; Breeding behaviour of gulls in relation to predation risk; Social organization of weaver birds; Social organization in African ungulates.
  • Limitations of early comparative studiesComparative approach to primate ecology and behaviour; Using phylogenies in comparative analysis; The comparative approach reviewed; Experimental studies of adaptation; Summary; Further reading; CHAPTER 3: Economic Decisions and the Individual; The economics of carrying a load; The economics of prey choice; Sampling and information; The risk of starvation; Environmental variability, body reserves and food storing; Food storing birds: from behavioural ecology to neuroscience; The evolution of cognition; Feeding and danger: a trade-off; Social learning.
  • Optimality models and behaviour: an overviewSummary; Further reading; CHAPTER 4: Predators versus Prey: Evolutionary Arms Races; Red Queen evolution; Predators versus cryptic prey; Enhancing camouflage; Warning colouration: aposematism; Mimicry; Trade-offs in prey defences; Cuckoos versus hosts; Summary; Further reading; CHAPTER 5: Competing for Resources; The Hawk-Dove game; Competition by exploitation: the ideal free distribution; Competition by resource defence: the despotic distribution; The ideal free distribution with unequal competitors; The economics of resource defence.
  • Producers and scroungersAlternative mating strategies and tactics; ESS thinking; Animal personalities; Summary; Further reading; CHAPTER 6: Living in Groups; How grouping can reduce predation; How grouping can improve foraging; Evolution of group living: shoaling in guppies; Group size and skew; Group decision making; Summary; Further reading; Chapter 7: Sexual Selection, Sperm Competition and Sexual Conflict; Males and females; Parental investment and sexual competition; Why do females invest more in offspring care than do males?; Evidence for sexual selection; Why are females choosy?
  • Genetic benefits from female choice: two hypothesesTesting the hypotheses for genetic benefits; Sexual selection in females and male choice; Sex differences in competition; Sperm competition; Constraints on mate choice and extra-pair matings; Sexual conflict; Sexual conflict: who wins?; Chase-away sexual selection; Summary; Further reading; CHAPTER 8: Parental Care and Family Conflicts; Evolution of parental care; Parental investment: a parent's optimum; Varying care in relation to costs and benefits; Sexual conflict; Sibling rivalry and parent-offspring conflict: theory.
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1 online resource (xii, 506 pages) : illustrations
Notes
  • Contains bibliographical references and index.
  • Sibling rivalry: evidence.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 442-488) and index.
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