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by Jean Clobert Etienne Danchin Andre A. Dhondt James D. Nichols Peter Waser

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by Author Name Jean Clobert, Etienne Danchin, Andre A. Dhondt, James D. Nichols, Peter Waser

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List Price:120.60
Format: Hardback, 248 x 174 x 28mm, 474pp
Publication date: 08 Mar 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN-13: 9780198506607


The ability of species to migrate and disperse is a trait that has interested ecologists for many years. Now that many species and ecosystems face major environmental threats in the shape of habitat fragmentation and global climate change, the ability of species to adapt to these changes by dispersing, migrating, or moving between different patches of habitat can be crucial to ensuring their survival. This text provides an overview of the study of dispersal. The causes, mechanisms, and consequences of dispersal at the individual, population, and species levels are considered. The promise of new techniques and models for studying dispersal, drawn from molecular biology and from demography, is explored. Perspectives on the study of dispersal are offered from evolution, conservation biology, and genetics. Throughout the book, theoretical approaches are combined with empirical data, and care has been taken to include examples from as wide a range of species as possible.


... it is for [this] coverage of new ideas, techniques, investigative approaches and theoretical machinery that perusal of [this] book, at any level of resolution will prove rewarding. Plant Systematics and Evolution


Peter Waser: Preface. Clobert, Wolff, Nichols, Danchin, and Dhondt: Introduction. PART 1 - Measures of Dispersal: Genetic and Demographic Approaches. 1: Bennetts et al: Methods for estimating dispersal probabilities and related parameters using marked animals. 2: Rousset: Genetic approaches to the estimation of dispersal rates. 3: Ross: How to measure dispersal: The genetic approach. The example of fire ants. 4: Peacock and Ray: Dispersal in Pikas (Ochotona princeps): Combining genetic and demographic approaches to reveal spatial and temporal patterns. 5: Ferriere and Le Galliard: Mathematics, genetics, and demography: How to combine them?. PART 2 - Why disperse? Habitat variability, intraspecific interactions, multi-determinism, and interspecific interactions. 6: Holt and Barfield: On the relationship between the Ideal Free Distribution and the evolution of dispersal. 7: Wiens: The landscape context of dispersal. 8: Lambin, Aars, Piertney: Dispersal, intraspecific competition, kin competition, and kin facilitation: A review of the empirical evidence. 9: Perrin and Goudet: Inbreeding, kinship, and the evolution of natal dispersal. 10: O'Riain and Braude: Inbreeding versus outbreeding in captive and wild populations of naked mole-rats. 11: Gandon and Michalakis: Multiple causes of the evolution of dispersal. 12: Weisser, McCoy and Boulinier: Parasitism and predation as causes of dispersal. 12a: Boulinier, McCoy, and Sorci: Dispersal and parasitism. 12b: Weisser: The effects of predation on dispersal. PART 3 - Mechanisms of dispersal. Genetically based dispersal, condition-dependent dispersal, and dispersal cues. 13: Roff and Fairbairn: The genetic basis of dispersal and migration and its consequences for the evolution of correlated traits. 14: Ims and Hjermann: Condition-dependent dispersal. 15: Dufty and Belthoff: Proximate mechanisms of natal dispersal: The role of body condition and hormones. 16: Stamps: Habitat selection by dispersers: Integrating proximate and ultimate approaches. 17: Danchin, Heg, and Doligez: Public information and breeding habitat selection. PART 4 - Dispersal from the individual to the ecosystem level: Individuals, populations, species, and communities. 18: Murren et al: Dispersal, individual phenotype, and phenotypic plasticity. 19: Whitlock: Dispersal and the genetic properties of metapopulations. 20: Hanski: Population dynamic consequences of dispersal in local populations and in metapopulations. 21: Van Baalen and Hochberg: Dispersal in antagonistic interactions. 22: Mouquet et al: The properties of competitive communities with coupled local and regional dynamics. PART 5 - Perspectives. 23: Barton: The evolutionary consequences of gene flow and local adaptation: Future approaches. 24: Ronce et al: Perspectives on the study of dispersal evolution. 25: MacDonald and Johnson: Dispersal in theory and practice: Consequences for conservation biology. References. Index

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