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Interaction and Coevolution

Interaction and Coevolution

by John N. Thompson

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“It is not only the species that change evolutionarily through interactions . . . the interactions themselves also change.” Thus states John N. Thompson in the foreword to Interaction and Coevolution, the first title in his series of books exploring the relentless nature of evolution and the processes that shape the web of life. Originally published in 1982 more as an idea piece—an early attempt to synthesize then academically distinct but logically linked strands of ecological thought and to suggest avenues for further research—than as a data-driven monograph, Interaction and Coevolution would go on to be considered a landmark study that pointed to the beginning of a new discipline. Through chapters on antagonism, mutualism, and the effects of these interactions on populations, speciation, and community structure, Thompson seeks to explain not only how interactions differ in the selection pressures they exert on species, but also when interactions are most likely to lead to coevolution. In this era of climate change and swiftly transforming environments, the ideas Thompson puts forward in Interaction and Coevolution are more relevant than ever before.

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ISBN-13: 9780226127323
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 02/14/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 179
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

John N. Thompson is the Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of The Coevolutionary Process, The Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution, and Relentless Evolution, all also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Contents 1. Evolutionary Ecology, Interaction, and Coevolution 2. Parasitism, Grazing, and Predation 3. Competition and Coevolution 4. Antagonism and Mutualism 5. Life Histories, Habitat, and Mutualism 6. Evolution of Mutual Dependence 7. Interaction and Speciation 8. The Interaction Structure of Communities References Index

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