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The Ecology of Adaptive Radiation (Oxford Series in Ecology & Evolution) [Paperback]

Dolph Schluter
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December 7, 2000 0198505221 978-0198505228 1
Adaptive radiation is the evolution of diversity within a rapidly multiplying lineage. It can cause a single ancestral species to differentiate into an impressively vast array of species inhabiting a variety of environments. Much of life's diversity has arisen during adaptive radiations. Some of the most famous recent examples include the East African cichilid fishes, the Hawaiian silverswords, and Darwin's Galapagos finches. This book evaluates the causes of adaptive radiation. It focuses on the 'ecological' theory of adaptive radiation, a body of ideas that began with Darwin and were developed through the early part of the 20th century. This theory proposes that phenotypic divergence and speciation in adaptive radiation are caused ultimately by divergent natural selection arising from differences in environment and competition between species. The text re-evaluates the ecological theory, along with its most significant extensions and challenges, in the light of all the recent evidence. It is the first full exploration of the causes of adaptive radiation in decades.

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"Schluter succinctly and clearly details the progress that has been made toward a theory of adaptive radiation during the last five decades. He also offers readers an abundant supply of fresh concepts and methods that will facilitate further progress. [This] is an absolute 'must read' for all graduate students in the fields of ecology and evolution and for anyone interested in evolutionary diversity. It will become a classic."--Science

"Adaptive radiation is defined as the evolution of ecological diversity within a rapidly multiplying lineage. Dolph Schluter ... aims to examine the evidence assembled over the succeeding half-century for what he calls 'the ecological theory' of adaptive radiation, which proposes that both the origin of species and the evolution of phenotypic differences are caused by divergent natural selection, driven by environmental differences and interspecific competition. I found Schluter's book concise and well written, in the 'journal review article style' of the Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution. Researchers in the field should find the volume indispensable for the clarity with which the author summarises existing information and delineates just what has and has not been supported by empirical evidence. Seemingly plausible ideas are often less well supported than one might expect. ... Essential reading for anyone interested in the topic, from advanced undergraduates onwards."--Heredity

"[A] comprehensive and up-to-date review of the evidence for character displacement, and an assessment of the evidence for evolutionary trends in adaptive radiations using phylogenetic approaches. ... Various strong points will make this volume indispensable for ecologists. ... the design of the book allows for synthesis across diverse natural systems, while each aspect of theory is treated separately."--Ecology

About the Author

Dolph Schluter is Professor of Zoology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. The recipient of several awards and fellowships, in 1997 he was given the President's Award of the American Society of Naturalists, and in 1999 he was made a fellow of the Royal Society of London. Professor Dolph Schluter Zoology Department University of British Columbia 6270 University Boulevard Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4 Canada 1-604-822-2387 (tel) 1-604- 822-2416 (fax)

Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Series in Ecology & Evolution
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198505221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198505228
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Overview of the Subject April 10, 2012
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This is a classic in the field of Adaptive Radiations and still stands as such. It is well written, clear, and concise. Other volumes, such as Adaptive Speciation edited by Dieckmann, Doebeli, Metz and Tautz in the Cambridge Studies in Adaptive Dynamics series Adaptive Speciation (Cambridge Studies in Adaptive Dynamics), are available that go over the subject which focus more on examples from relevant literature. However, this book provides a firm foundation in the principles. It is a must read for any studies involving adaptive radiations. Highly recommend.
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