Oxford University Press, Quarto, paperback, diagrams.
Danchin, Etienne et al., editors.
This book presents an insight into the evolutionary and ecological processes that underpin animal behaviour. It also provides an overview of the evolutionary and methodological framework of behavioural ecology.
Why are some species monogamous while others are polygamous? Why are males usually more ornamented than females? What makes one organism the hunter and another the hunted? Why do some creatures stick together in groups while others prefer to go it alone? Can we talk of animal culture? “Behavioural Ecology: An Evolutionary Perspective On Behaviour” provides a fascinating insight into the evolutionary and ecological processes that underpin animal behaviour. Opening with an overview of the evolutionary and methodological framework of behavioural ecology, the book goes on to explore behaviours in terms of the selective pressures involved in their design. It addresses natural selection, sexual selection, and gene selection, before closing with an investigation of the human impact on behavioural ecology. Featuring chapters written by university teachers, each with research expertise in their respective fields, “Behavioural Ecology” has been moulded by Danchin, Giraldeau, and Cezilly to give a uniform voice throughout: it is a text with all the qualities of a multi-author book, but without the usual defects., “Behavioural Ecology: An Evolutionary Perspective on Behaviour” offers a fresh, contemporary account of a field re-invigorated by advances in the last decade, making it the ideal teaching and learning text. From the Online Resource Centre: for registered adopters of the book, figures from the book are available to download, to facilitate lecture preparation; for students, library of web links are available, giving ready access to additional resources.