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Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight Paperback – July 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0226063188 ISBN-10: 0226063186 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226063186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226063188
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight, the world's leading experts synthesize current knowledge of butterflies to show how the study of these fascinating creatures as model systems can lead to deeper understanding of ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes in general. The twenty-six chapters are organized into broad functional areas, covering the uses of butterflies in the study of behavior, ecology, genetics and evolution, systematics, and conservation biology. Especially in the context of the current biodiversity crisis, this book shows how results found with butterflies can help us understand large, rapid changes in the world we share with them—for example, geographic distributions of some butterflies have begun to shift in response to global warming, giving early evidence of climate change that scientists, politicians, and citizens alike should heed.

The first international synthesis of butterfly biology in two decades, Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight offers students, scientists, and amateur naturalists a concise overview of the latest developments in the field. Furthermore, it articulates an exciting new perspective of the whole group of approximately 15,000 species of butterflies as a comprehensive model system for all the sciences concerned with biodiversity and its preservation.

Contributors:
Carol L. Boggs, Paul M. Brakefield, Adriana D. Briscoe, Dana L. Campbell, Elizabeth E. Crone, Mark Deering, Henri Descimon, Erika I. Deinert, Paul R. Ehrlich, John P. Fay, Richard ffrench-Constant, Sherri Fownes, Lawrence E. Gilbert, André Gilles, Ilkka Hanski, Jane K. Hill, Brian Huntley, Niklas Janz, Greg Kareofelas, Nusha Keyghobadi, P. Bernhard Koch, Claire Kremen, David C. Lees, Jean-François Martin, Antónia Monteiro, Paulo César Motta, Camille Parmesan, William D. Patterson, Naomi E. Pierce, Robert A. Raguso, Charles Lee Remington, Jens Roland, Ronald L. Rutowski, Cheryl B. Schultz, J. Mark Scriber, Arthur M. Shapiro, Michael C. Singer, Felix Sperling, Curtis Strobeck, Aram Stump, Chris D. Thomas, Richard VanBuskirk, Hans Van Dyck, Richard I. Vane-Wright, Ward B. Watt, Christer Wiklund, and Mark A. Willis

About the Author

Carol L. Boggs is the director of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University.

Ward B. Watt is a professor of biology at Stanford University.

Paul R. Ehrlich is the Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University.

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The Legacy herein of Paul Ehrlich is - as ever - unambiguously magnificent, eloquent, and critical to the world's orientation towards that vast array - known and unknown - of Lepidoptera; that beauteous ephemeral passing spirit of beings who pollinate and keep tenable, this miraculous planet. Would that our own out-of-control species might yet emulate in so many poetic and evolutionary ways the butterflies Ehrlich knows better than any human being in history, past or present.
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