Macroevolutionary Theory on Macroecological Patterns

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 - Nature - 291 pages
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In Macroevolutionary Theory on Macroecological Patterns, Peter Price establishes a completely new vision of the central themes in ecology. For the first time in book form, the study of distribution, abundance, and population size variation in animals is cast in an evolutionary framework. The book argues that evolved characters of organisms such as morphology, behavior, and life history influence strongly their ecological relationships, including the way that populations fluctuate through time and space. The central ideas in the book are supported by data gathered from over twenty years of research, primarily into plant and herbivore interactions, concentrating on insects. The huge diversity of insect herbivores provides the immense comparative power necessary for a strong evolutionary study of ecological principles. The book is intended as essential reading for all researchers and students of ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavior, and for entomologists working in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry.
 

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Peter W. Price is Regents' Professor Emeritus at Northern Arizona University. Over the past 40 years Professor Price has contributed over 200 research articles and book chapters to the scientific literature and has been sole author or an editor of 11 books. He has received the Founder's Memorial Award from the Entomological Society of America and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London.

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