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Big questions in ecology and evolution / Thomas N. Sherratt, David M. Wilkinson.

By: Sherratt, Thomas NContributor(s): Wilkinson, David M, 1963-Material type: TextTextSeries: Oxford biologyPublication details: Oxford : Oxford University Press, ©2009. Description: 1 online resource (xi, 297 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780191563447; 0191563447; 9780191563454; 0191563455Subject(s): Evolution (Biology) | Ecology | Évolution (Biologie) | Environnement | SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Evolution | Ecology | Evolution (Biology) | Evolution | ÖkologieGenre/Form: Electronic book. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Big questions in ecology and evolution.DDC classification: 576.8 LOC classification: QH366.2 | .S4946 2009ebOther classification: WH 4500 | WI 1000 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Why do we age? -- Why sex? -- Why cooperate? -- Why species? -- Why are the tropics so diverse? -- Is nature chaotic? -- Why is the world green? -- Why is the sea blue? -- When did we start to change things? -- How will the biosphere end? -- General conclusions.
Action note: digitized 2010 committed to preserveSummary: "This book provides an introduction to a range of fundamental questions that have taxed evolutionary biologists and ecologists for decades. All of the questions posed have at least a partial solution, all have seen exciting breakthroughs in recent years, yet many of the explanations have been hotly debated. Why do we age? Why cooperate? Why do so many species engage in sex? Why do the tropics have so many species? When did humans start to affect world climate? This book provides an introduction to a range of fundamental questions that have taxed evolutionary biologists and ecologists for decades. Some of the phenomena discussed are, on first reflection, simply puzzling to understand from an evolutionary perspective, whilst others have direct implications for the future of the planet. All of the questions posed have at least a partial solution, all have seen exciting breakthroughs in recent years, yet many of the explanations continue to be hotly debated. Big Questions in Ecology and Evolution is a curiosity-driven book, written in an accessible way so as to appeal to a broad audience. It is very deliberately not a formal text book, but something designed to transmit the excitement and breadth of the field by discussing a number of major questions in ecology and evolution and how they have been answered. This is a book aimed at informing and inspiring anybody with an interest in ecology and evolution. It reveals to the reader the immense scope of the field, its fundamental importance, and the exciting breakthroughs that have been made in recent years"--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Why do we age? -- Why sex? -- Why cooperate? -- Why species? -- Why are the tropics so diverse? -- Is nature chaotic? -- Why is the world green? -- Why is the sea blue? -- When did we start to change things? -- How will the biosphere end? -- General conclusions.

"This book provides an introduction to a range of fundamental questions that have taxed evolutionary biologists and ecologists for decades. All of the questions posed have at least a partial solution, all have seen exciting breakthroughs in recent years, yet many of the explanations have been hotly debated. Why do we age? Why cooperate? Why do so many species engage in sex? Why do the tropics have so many species? When did humans start to affect world climate? This book provides an introduction to a range of fundamental questions that have taxed evolutionary biologists and ecologists for decades. Some of the phenomena discussed are, on first reflection, simply puzzling to understand from an evolutionary perspective, whilst others have direct implications for the future of the planet. All of the questions posed have at least a partial solution, all have seen exciting breakthroughs in recent years, yet many of the explanations continue to be hotly debated. Big Questions in Ecology and Evolution is a curiosity-driven book, written in an accessible way so as to appeal to a broad audience. It is very deliberately not a formal text book, but something designed to transmit the excitement and breadth of the field by discussing a number of major questions in ecology and evolution and how they have been answered. This is a book aimed at informing and inspiring anybody with an interest in ecology and evolution. It reveals to the reader the immense scope of the field, its fundamental importance, and the exciting breakthroughs that have been made in recent years"--Provided by publisher.

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