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Model Systems in Behavioral Ecology : Integrating Conceptual, Theoretical, and Empirical Approaches - Lee Alan Dugatkin

Model Systems in Behavioral Ecology

Integrating Conceptual, Theoretical, and Empirical Approaches

By: Lee Alan Dugatkin (Editor)

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A key way that behavioral ecologists develop general theories of animal behavior is by studying one species or a closely related group of species--''model systems''--over a long period. This book brings together some of the field's most respected researchers to describe why they chose their systems, how they integrate theoretical, conceptual, and empirical work, lessons for the practice of the discipline, and potential avenues of future research. Their model systems encompass a wide range of animals and behavioral issues, from dung flies to sticklebacks, dolphins to African wild dogs, from foraging to aggression, territoriality to reproductive suppression.



Model Systems in Behavioral Ecology offers an unprecedented ''systems'' focus and revealing insights into the confluence of personal curiosity and scientific inquiry. It will be an invaluable text for behavioral ecology courses and a helpful overview--and a preview of coming developments--for advanced researchers. The twenty-five chapters are divided into four sections: insects and arachnids, amphibians and reptiles, birds, and mammals.


In addition to the editor, the contributors include Geoff A. Parker, Thomas D. Seeley, Naomi Pierce, Kern Reeve, Gerald S. Wilkinson, Bert Holldobler and Flavio Roces, George W. Uetz, Michael J. Ryan and Gil Rosenthal, Judy Stamps, H. Carl Gerhardt, Barry Sinervo, Robert Warner, Manfred Milinski, David F. Westneat, Alan C. Kamil and Alan B. Bond, Paul Sherman, Jerram L. Brown, Anders Pape Moller, Marc Bekoff, Richard C. Connor, Joan B. Silk, Christopher Boesch, Scott Creel, A.H. Harcourt, and Tim Caro and M. J. Kelly.

"If the process of scientific inquiry can be described as a 'journey,' then [this book] is an indispensable travel guide... [It] delivers an excellent overview of the developments that have helped to transform behavioral ecology into what it is today and offers a tantalizing glimpse of what is yet to come. Behavioral ecologists would be hard pressed to find a better travel guide."--Animal Behaviour

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Insect and Arachnid Model Systems
Golden Flies, Sunlit Meadows: A Tribute to the Yellow Dungflyp. 3
A Feeling and a Fondness for the Beesp. 27
Peeling the Onion: Symbioses between Ants and Blue Butterfliesp. 41
In Search of Unified Theories in Sociobiology: Help from Social Waspsp. 57
Genetic Consequences of Sexual Selection in Stalk-Eyed Fliesp. 72
The Behavioral Ecology of Stridulatory Communication in Leaf-Cutting Antsp. 92
Understanding the Evolution of Social Behavior in Colonial Web-Building Spidersp. 110
Fish, Amphibian, and Reptile Model Systems
Variation and Selection in Swordtailsp. 133
Learning from Lizardsp. 149
Acoustic Communication in Frogs and Toadsp. 169
Selection in Local Neighborhoods, the Social Environment, and Ecology of Alternative Strategiesp. 191
Synthesis: Environment, Mating Systems, and Life History Allocations in the Bluehead Wrassep. 227
The Economics of Sequential Mate Choice in Sticklebacksp. 245
Bird Model Systems
Conversing with a Bird: Studies of Mating and Parental Behavior in Red-Winged Blackbirdsp. 265
The Evolution of Virtual Ecologyp. 288
Wood Ducks: A Model System for Investigating Conspecific Parasitism in Cavity-Nesting Birdsp. 311
The Mexican Jay as a Model System for the Study of Large Group Size and Its Social Correlates in a Territorial Birdp. 338
Sexual Selection in the Barn Swallowp. 359
Mammal Model Systems
Cunning Coyotes: Tireless Tricksters, Protean Predatorsp. 281
Bottlenose Dolphins: Social Relationships in a Big-Brained Aquatic Mammalp. 408
Bonnet Macaques: Evolutionary Perspectives on Females' Livesp. 433
Chimpanzee Hunters: Chaos or Cooperation in the Forest?p. 453
Cooperative Hunting and Sociality in African Wild Dogs, Lycaon pictusp. 466
Gorilla Socioecology: Conflict and Compromise between the Sexesp. 491
Cheetahs and Their Mating Systemp. 512
Closing Thoughtsp. 533
Contributorsp. 535
Indexp. 539
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ISBN: 9780691006536
ISBN-10: 0691006539
Series: Monographs in Behavior and Ecology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 7th October 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.44  x 3.12
Weight (kg): 0.8